It is easy to view the incident as a singular calamity. In reality, it is the result of systemic factionalism, greed and incompetence on the part of the Lebanese government. Until that is addressed, it will not be the last tragedy to befall the country.
The UK’s review of security, defence, development and foreign policy, halted by the health emergency, is now restarting. But not from where it stopped, for both outputs and inputs need to be reconsidered.
The UN Charter is no run-of-the-mill affair. It is a universal covenant, born of untold suffering and sorrow. As the only veteran of the Second World War still in active diplomatic circulation, Sir Peter Marshall reflects on the UN’s founding document, and its enduring relevance.
The UK is currently going through a process of re-evaluating and rethinking some of its key approaches to managing terrorism offenders. Looking at Singapore’s model would be a good start for policymakers.