Posts by Dave Tisdale

No UK Strategy in a Post EU Britain

31 Jul


This short piece for Fromoverhere is based largely on a commentary sent to the Defence, Constitutional Affairs and National Security Strategy Parliamentary Committees as published on the DefenceSynergia website.

British & European Democratic Unity – Politics & National Identity

22 Nov

A yes campaigner and no campaigner during the Scottish independence referendum, at Cromarty Firth in the Scottish Highlands, with a drilling platform towering over them. Photograph: Murdo MacLeod/The Guardian Politics Blog

Before the Scottish referendum on independence I wrote on ‘Fromoverhere’ a short piece entitled ‘TRIDENT & SCOTLAND NOT JUST A QUESTION OF ‘YES’ OR ‘NO’ TO THE UNION’. What concerned me then, a concern that has been reinforced since, is that the political climate in Scotland is driving the ‘no nukes’ in Scotland agenda not […]

British Military Capability and its Strategic Relevance Today

20 Jan


It is reassuring to know that DefenceSynergia (DS) is not alone in recognising there are ever widening cracks in the foundations of UK’s defence strategy, as emphasised by Robert Gates, a former US Defense Secretary, on the BBC Today programme on the 16 January 2014. The latter adding further strength to the concerns articulated by […]

FIRST IN LAST OUT – A Case for Government Joined Up Thinking

18 Nov


The motto of Tactical Supply Flight in Royal Air Force Germany in the early 1970’s was ‘First In – Last Out’. This small section of RAF supply personnel was formed to provide full logistic support to the 3 squadrons of Harrier jump jets based in Germany which, on exercise or in war, operated in the […]

With Responsibility to Protect Size Does Not Matter

13 Sep


There will be few people reading this blog that will not have heard the expression ‘sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me’. A truism perhaps in a family setting but not a maxim that international diplomats necessarily subscribe to. Therefore, there was some irritation when at the G20 meeting […]


6 Sep

Parliament debate

On Thursday 29th August 2013 at around 2230 hours the British Prime Minister (PM) lost a vote in the British parliament. Not for the first or last time to be sure but in this case the government motion being debated concerned the PM’s ability to conduct foreign policy – for the United Kingdom to join […]


2 Aug

Military intervention

Dave Tisdale here provides an assessment of the UK’s military interventions. The British House of Commons Defence Select Committee has recently called for evidence in respect of UK intervention operations, asking questions such as: does the UK still have a role in intervention operations; if so, why, where, when and how? Dave explores how, in […]

United Kingdom Strategic Interests – A Hostage to Fortune?

9 May