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Russia in NATO? Newly-released files offer glimpse into UK’s foreign policy thinking in mid-1990s

The latest batch of declassified British government files, released to The National Archives (TNA) at Kew, south-west London, in the New Year, offer some intriguing insights into the secret foreign policy deliberations that took place under John Major’s Conservative administration … Continue reading

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Fuel to the Fire? The effect of Internment on ‘The Troubles’ in Northern Ireland

Known by the name ‘Operation Demetrius’, a British Army operation led by RUC (Royal Ulster Constabulary) intelligence began in the early hours of 9th August, 1971, and saw the arrest of 342 people. More arrests were to come. In fact, … Continue reading

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Donald Trump and Boris Johnson: Two peas from the same populist pod?

Donald Trump just doesn’t get it, does he? Alternatively, he is in denial. Much more likely, however, is that he knows exactly what he is doing. President Trump simply refuses to accept that his incendiary words on race and ethnicity can lead … Continue reading

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‘East of Suez’ – Theresa May re-opens Harold Wilson’s imperial closure

A special guest blog by Dr. Neil Partrick  www.neilpartrick Fifty years ago the British Government was struggling with austerity at home and exploring an uncertain international future. Nostalgia for what remained of Britain’s imperialism was not part of the ‘world … Continue reading

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Whatever happened to British social democracy? Event and book launch held in honour of David Marquand

At a time of mounting political crisis and division in the country, amidst stalemate over ‘Brexit’, and with the major political parties in Britain seemingly lurching towards the populist extremes, it is worth pausing to reflect on what has happened … Continue reading

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