First indications of Britain’s negotiating stance with the EU are beginning to appear. They are shrewder and more realistic than commonly assumed, but will also require emotions to be tempered by hard-headed calculations, if Britain’s marginalisation in Europe is to be avoided.
The debate about Britain’s continued membership of the EU was not only flippant but downright ignorant, and dangerously so. And it exposed profound gaps in the public’s understanding of and interest in national security issues.
UK Counter-Terrorism laws have been reviewed by the government and found wanting. But do planned changes herald a new, fairer era in tackling terrorism, or are they a weaker version of existing powers?
China’s remarkable economic growth during the past quarter-century has surpassed its ability to fuel its economy and has been forced for the past decade to import a steadily increasing percentage of its energy.
The recent trilateral talks in Beijing that were supposed to herald the beginning of an end to the current crisis on the Korean peninsula appear to have only succeeded in further escalating the tensions in this already volatile region.