February 22, 2012

What China Learned from Falklands

James Holmes, The Diplomat

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We’re rapidly approaching the thirtieth anniversary of the Falklands War (April to June 1982), which saw the British military reclaim the United Kingdom’s remote South Atlantic island possessions from Argentine invaders.


Gen. Sir Michael Jackson, a former British Army chief of staff, recently made headlines when he proclaimed that defense cuts make it “just about impossible” for British naval forces to wrest back the Falklands should Argentina occupy them again. The Royal Navy retired aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal last year, leaving the navy with zero capacity to project fixed-wing air power by sea until the troubled Queen Elizabeth-class flattops enter service, presumably around the end of this decade. London also sold the nation’s entire inventory of...

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February 16, 2012
The Case for Scottish Independence
Gerry Hassan, Foreign Policy
Scotland is a different place from the rest of the United Kingdom, and increasingly there is no such thing as a unitary UK politics, but Scottish, Welsh, Northern Irish, and English politics with devolved parliaments and... more ››
February 19, 2012
The West's Religion in Government Problem
Doug Saunders, Globe & Mail
Citizens are free to try to impose religion, to invoke their gods in legislation, to wear whatever symbols they like. It’s a marketplace of beliefs, and may the strongest prevail. more ››
February 22, 2012
Austerity Will Set Europe Back Years
Gordon Brown, Washington Post
The unfolding tragedy of a bankrupt Greece is only a symptom of an even more fundamental miscalculation: a wrong-headed conviction, widely held across Europe, that if austerity is failing, it is because there is not enough of... more ››
February 20, 2012
Cameron Must Create a Federal UK
David Cameron, The Guardian
David Cameron did not choose to put Scotland's relationship with the rest of the UK at the top of the political agenda. That was done by Alex Salmond. But now the genie is out of the bottle the prime minister must seize the... more ››
February 17, 2012
Cameron Makes Case for a United Kingdom
David Torrance, Prospect Blog
There used to be a pithy phrase about Unionists “killing Home Rule with kindness.” Yesterday, in the course of his first substantial speech on the constitutional question, the Prime Minister attempted to kill Scottish... more ››