With news of regular tragedies involving migrants awash on Europe’s shores, the European Union is promising to respond to these through military means. But the political will just does not exist in Europe; neither can the hurdles be overcome easily.
Last week saw governments making statements about their values, intent and national interest through the medium of the sea. Distracted by emergency response in Nepal and elections at home, the United Kingdom was largely absent from this global maritime conversation.
The new direction for security in a post-Hutton world is likely to focus on matters which are not connected with Hutton, such as the changing role of our armed forces, the need to counter the spread of weapons of mass destruction and the need to tackle th