Seventy years on from the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), what progress have we made? – an interview with Kate Gilmore, UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Kate Gilmore. Source: URG, Flickr

In both her speech at the Cambridge Union and interview with The Cambridge Globalist, one could detect a certain dissatisfaction in Kate Gilmore. Upon reflection as to UN progress after its adoption of the UDHR, Gilmore contrasts its ideals with reality, concluding, firmly, that ‘all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration’[1] have… Continue Reading ➤

The Egregious Folly of Western Intervention

A Kurdish march to raise awareness of the situation in Kobane in Lausanne, Switzerland, on 2 October 2014

Only fools rush in: this maxim – beautifully lyricized by Elvis Presley among others – is as relevant to the field of foreign policy as it is to love, of which there is, unfortunately, no better proof than Ingram Davidson’s piece ‘Why We Should Intervene in the Middle East’. Davidson argues that Britain should become… Continue Reading ➤

Why We Must Intervene in the Middle East

The pro-Kobane protest in Trafalgar Square, 1 November. The town has been the focus of much of the recent fighting (Source: Garry Knight)

It was late one August evening and Parliament had voted to declare war on its own integrity. In refusing to come to the aid of the Syrian people, Britain became a nation of apathy, isolationism and cowardice, unwilling to stand for the principles of international law, the cries of Arabic suffering unintelligible to English ears…. Continue Reading ➤