Posted at August 12, 2016, by Raleigh Addington, Comments Off on Keynote Speakers | In the News (Aug 12th)
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Posted at October 9, 2014, by Raleigh Addington, Comments Off on Exclusive interview with leading geopolitical speaker General Sir Rupert Smith: “The West has no clear strategy to tackle ISIS”
General Sir Rupert Smith, former Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe of NATO, is a senior international authority on defence, security and strategy.
In an exclusive interview with Chartwell, Sir Rupert gives his take on the West’s strategy towards ISIS – or lack thereof – and whether the West has got it right, following Britain’s recent decision to perform air-strikes in Iraq. Sir Rupert also draws comparisons to the crisis in Ukraine, though noting that the situations are very different from one another, and comments on the ability of strategists to think about, and prepare for, long term solutions.
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Posted at October 6, 2014, by Raleigh Addington, Comments Off on Dominique de Villepin: “Choose weapons of peace over the rhetoric of war to eliminate Islamist violence”
Writing in the Financial Times, former Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of France Dominique de Villepinargues that the West has to do what it takes to eliminate Islamist violence.
Following the barbaric murder of Alan Henning, Dominique believes there is a fresh call for more efficiency in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS). However, with reference to the on-going global war on terror, he points out that there is “confusion over what is said, what is done and what is wished.” He goes on to say that “40 years inconsistent policies, especially in Washington, have fuelled war between nationalist dictatorships and Islamist movements.”
Dominique asserts that “we cannot afford an endless war of fragile truces punctuated by brutal outbursts that leads, little by little, to a clash of civilisations.” In response, he sets out three imperatives as a core strategy to achieve the elimination of Islamist violence:
The key strategy remains political, and requires the unity of the Arab nation states.
The second imperative is responsibility: the regional war can only be solved by the region’s countries.
The third imperative is reconciliation. In the Middle East, the West needs to promote local peace, in one place at a time, to achieve a regional peace tomorrow.
Posted at June 25, 2014, by Raleigh Addington, Comments Off on Containing ISIS: Guidance from expert speaker Dennis Ross
Writing in the LA Times,Dennis Ross, expert speaker on geopolitics and one of America’s foremost foreign policy experts on the Middle East region, warns that Washington’s actions toward ISIS now must be taken with both Iraq and Syria in mind.
Dennis explains that the calculus that guided the U.S. in Iraq and Syria was fear over the costs of action, which led Washington to ignore the costs of inaction. He argues that sanctions, a political process and humanitarian assistance did not affect reality in Syria, and that today we are seeing the cost in terms of spillover in the region, and the consequences of radical Islamists coming to dominate the opposition.
He goes on to say that “there is no border between Syria and Iraq, and the re-emergence of a terrible sectarian conflict in Iraq is inextricably linked to Syria. There will be no effective or enduring answer to the ISIS threat in Iraq without also taking steps in Syria to deny it a sanctuary and a recruiting base.”
Dennis argues that “there will be risks to acting, but by now we have seen the costs of inaction — and they are only likely to grow over time.” The military and diplomatic steps that President Obama has ordered reflect the U.S. need to prevent ISIS from embedding itself in more of Iraq. Whether they will work, Dennis adds, is another matter.
Posted at June 19, 2014, by Raleigh Addington, Comments Off on “Has the West gone soft?” asks Lord Powell, expert speaker on geo-politics
Writing 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.”
Posted at June 18, 2014, by Raleigh Addington, Comments Off on Expert speaker John Hulsman on Western intervention in Iraq
In 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.