Saturday, January 23, 2016

The UK needs a devolved government for London

A piece for Democratic Audit on the place of London in the UK: 

London is the UK’s undiscovered country and it is time we recognised it as the UK’s fifth constituent part by granting it the devolved political powers it deserves. As Tim Oliver argues, London’s size, unique population, economy, politics, identity, society, place in the UK, Europe and the world all add up to make it stand apart from any other part of the Union. A devolved government for London would more than any other constitutional change help to rebalance the UK towards a federal union. It would give the metropolis the freedom to develop as it needs and be a big step towards reforming an unsustainable and unhealthily centralised UK and English state.

Continues here

Thursday, January 14, 2016

British foreign policy and the EU: European integration has long had a security side to it

Piece below published first by the LSE's International Security Society and then by the LSE's Brexit Vote Blog.

"Britain’s security has long been shaped by its EU membership. Joining the European Economic Community in 1973 was, in part, a step forward for the security and stability it then offered. According to Tim Oliver, this hold true also today, when the UK is confronted with a very real possibility of a Brexit, with all its international repercussions. ... "

'Foreign Policy of Britain' in 'Global Perspectives on Foreign Policy of Major Powers' by Ajit M. Banerjee (Ed.)

I have a chapter - 'Foreign Policy of Britain' - in the recently launched 'Global Perspectives on Foreign Policy of Major Powers' edited by Dr. Ajit M. Banerjee. Full contents below. Details of the book can be found here. Thanks to Dr Banerjee for putting together such a great book. 

About the Book

The world has become increasingly armed due to the forces of terrorism, threat of ISIS, and cyber attacks. The strategic issues of foreign policy have emerged as a predominant subject at the nation-state level. The end of Cold War did reduce the threat of  annihilation, yet a few countries are still eager to start an arms race, making the world more dangerous. Major conflicts could break out with devastating consequences. 
This is the first book in one volume on foreign policy and diplomacy focusing on a composite set of major powers, contributed by eminent practitioners and scholars to serve as an authentic source for study and reflection, ideally suited for foreign policy analysts, international business, and graduate students.
Individual chapters serve as a roadmap to understanding forces which are moving forward to promote and safeguard their national interest within the international community.  Using a flexible framework, leading specialists discuss the strategies employed by major powers, as well as emerging powers to accommodate the rapid global changes. Each chapter describes a discrete context of foreign policy development and adaption, and collectively they summarise a benchmark of global polices in this changing era.   






1.The Case for Pragmatic Idealism: Foreign Policy and 
   International Relations

    James Baker

2.Foreign Policy of Britain
    Tim Oliver

3.The Foreign Policy of the Great Powers: Russia
    Jeffrey Mankoff

4.Changes and Continuities in Chinese Foreign Policy 
   and Policymaking

    Quansheng Zhao

5.The End of French Europe?
    Steven Philip Kramer

6.Germany: From the Ashes of War to the Centre of 
   Power in Europe

    Dieter M. Dettke

7.The Foreign Policy of Japan as a Global Power
    Takashi Inoguchi

8.India’s Foreign Policy
    Rohan Mukherjee

9.Strategic Vision of Pakistan’s Foreign Policy
    Sartaj Aziz

10.Neighbours Without Fences: India and Pakistan
    Aparna Pande

11.Foreign Policy of Saudi Arabia
    Natana J. DeLong-Bas

12.Israel’s Foreign Policy
    Yoav Tenenbaum

13.The Brazilian Contemporary Foreign Policy: Challenges
     in the 21st Century

     Leila Bijos

14.Foreign Policy of Major States: South Africa
    Tseliso Thipanyane

Annexure: Economic and Social Profile of Major Powers.
Selected Bibliography