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“Has the West gone soft?” asks Lord Powell, expert speaker on geo-politics

Charles Powell speakerWriting in today’s Telegraph newspaper, Lord Powell, one of the most influential foreign policy advisors of the Thatcher era, argues that the West has none of the moral sense that inspired foreign policy in the time of Margaret Thatcher. Moreover, he believes that “those who resent Western values will now feel encouraged to challenge our interests.”

This follows from the Margaret Thatcher Conference on Liberty yesterday, hosted by the Centre for Policy Studies, where Lord Powell put forward the question, “has the West gone soft?” He suggests that whilst it was unavoidable that the power and capability of our nation would fall, in relative terms, as others rose, “there has also been an avoidable decline in the West’s will to act – in short, our backbone.”

Lord Powell attributes a number of reasons for this, including the fact that is seems “notoriously hard to galvanise democratic societies to meet new threats in the wake of conflict.” More importantly, he adds, is that “the ability to convey a sense of the West’s destiny to lead in world affairs has evaporated.”

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Expert speaker John Hulsman on Western intervention in Iraq

John Hulsman speakerIn today’s City A.M. Dr John Hulsman, a leading expert on the political economy of the Middle East, warned that the West must not learn the wrong lessons from Iraq.

Referring to a recent essay by Tony Blair, the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, which explains the West was right to intervene in Iraq in 2003, and that we would be right to intervene there now – as ISIS rampages across the country, John argues that such thinking could not “be more wrong, or more dangerous” and that we should also “beware of men who use history to attempt to absolve themselves of its consequences.”

John believes that a key “misleading historical lesson to unlearn from the neoconservative argument is their tenuous grasp of what primary national interests amount to. Every evil in the world certainly does not amount to a sea monster that the West must spend blood and treasure destroying; instead, choices about intervention must be made, based upon a reading of western national interests.” He goes on to point out a far better way forward in terms of the middle east and western interventions.

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