From the Israeli MFA – AWOL

13 Aug

israeli mfa email

There’s no real logical reason why, but the thought of diplomats on strike just seems a bit incongruous..The ongoing dispute between the Israeli MFA and Treasury seem to continue, with farcical results (US NIC officials being booted out of office meeting rooms, Kerry’s retinue not having sufficient visas for visit).


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 […]

European Foreign Policy Scorecard 2013: the UK and EU foreign policy

20 May

UK ‘International Defence Engagement Strategy’

9 Feb

“The implementation of this strategy will ensure closer working between MOD and FCO, and across government, and ensure the allocation of non-operational defence assets and activities takes proper account of wider government objectives. This will be secured through the joint FCO-MOD governance mechanism. “This strategy implements the goals of the National Security Strategy and Strategic […]

Out of 10: Scoring the objectives of the head of the FCO

5 Feb

The Cabinet Office recently published the objectives of the Permanent Secretaries of all the main UK departments for the first time.  They made for interesting reading, in particular those of the FCO’s Permanent Under Secretary, Simon Fraser.   It didn’t provoke in this ‘arm-chair auditor’ a desire to measure the PUS’ performance against his objectives.  It […]

Democratic Strategy – The European Union Narrative

29 Jan

CFR’s top risks for the US – an example of potential benefits of US/UK exchanges on national security

25 Jan

Get involved in Measuring the Impact of eInclusion Actors in Europe #MIREIA

24 Jan