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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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Paddy Ashdown: “the conflict in Mali is Islam vs. Islam”

Paddy Ashdown, the former Liberal Democrat leader, has penned a fantastic piece for today’s edition of The Times on the current conflict in Mali.

In it, he argues that the War on Terror in its current form “won’t be won by Western armies, but by helping moderate Muslim governments defeat extremism”. Click here to read it – as a former Royal Marine and Army Intelligence officer, and UN High Representative for Bosnia & Herzegovina, Paddy’s opinion on how to contain and defeat Islamic terrorism and insurgency is well-worth taking in.

To find out more about Lord Ashdown, or to book him as a speaker for your conference or event, please contact Leo von Bülow-Quirk at or call 0044 (0) 20 7792 8000.

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