The diplomatic foreign relations of the United Kingdom are conducted by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, headed by the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. The Prime Minister and numerous other agencies play a role in setting policy, and many institutions and businesses have a voice and a role. Britain was the world's foremost power during the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries, most notably during the so-called "Pax Britannica"—a period of totally unrivaled supremacy and unprecedented international peace during the mid-to-late 1800s. The country continued to be widely considered a 'superpower' until the Suez crisis of 1956, and this embarrassing incident coupled with the loss of the empire left the UK's dominant role in global affairs to be gradually diminished. Nevertheless, the United Kingdom remains a great power and a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, a founding member of the G7, G8, G20, NATO, OECD, WTO, Council of Europe, … [Read more...] about Foreign relations of the United Kingdom
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In this interview Sputnik asks for his thoughts on what has been termed the new Cold War, the Ukraine conflict and new leaked Integrity Initiative documents which expose the extent of UK involvement with Ukraine dating back to 2014 coup. He explains how close we are to a full-scale conflict between Russia and the West, and why it is that this Cold War is more dangerous than the last one. Sputnik: Why do we find ourselves once again in a ‘Cold War’ with Russia when we don’t have the ideological confrontation between Communism and Capitalism which essentially gave the context for the Cold war? Stephen F Cohen: So we have to have a little history here. © AFP 2018 / ADAM JANUK Reportedly Plans to Return to Cold War Strategy in Relations With RussiaThere are two responses to this assertion: Yes, outwardly it had certainly been ideological – communism, capitalism and the rest – … [Read more...] about Dangers Grow: ‘New Cold War’ Acquired an Evident Ideological Component
0 Have your say There is only so much bandwidth in government – and the same applies to parliament, politics, the media, and to you, the public, who keep an eye on what politicians get up to. Quite a lot of it has been taken up by Brexit lately. In different circumstances, a lot more time and energy could be spent tackling some other big challenges facing the country and the world. Here are a few that might get more attention if it weren’t for the B-word, which will not appear again on this page:Local governmentLocal government is picking up the bill for austerity. The Scottish Government has passed on cuts in its block grant to councils with interest, while in England, the impact has been even greater.Financial pressures that have squeezed services are now being felt in bricks and mortar: a backlog of repairs threatens the People’s Palace and Winter Gardens in Glasgow, while in Edinburgh, the council could close all but two public … [Read more...] about Paris Gourtsoyannis: Four huge issues lost in Brexit’s vast shadow
Duke Buckner was enjoying his breakfast at the Renaissance Tel Aviv Hotel, looking out on the city marina, on the day that time stuttered. Buckner oversees marketing and business development for Microsemi Corp., an American communications and defense contractor, and he gets a copy of emailed error reports for its equipment. It’s rare to get more than one in a given day. But on the morning of Jan. 26, 2016, they flooded his inbox. He forgot about breakfast.The complaints had to do with Microsemi’s timing receivers for the Global Positioning System, the ubiquitous satellite navigation technology that was built for the U.S. military and has found its way into all our pockets. GPS isn’t just for maps. It’s also a kind of vast, spaceborne clock. Computers all over Earth use it to determine what time it is, down to billionths of a second. When there’s the slightest disagreement among those computers, things fall apart.Microsemi’s timing receivers were … [Read more...] about The World Economy Runs on GPS. If It Fails, We’re Screwed
The rise of biological and chemical weapons After Salisbury, how ready is the UK? The rise of biological and chemical weapons After Salisbury, how ready is the UK? With nerve agents having been deployed in Syria, Malaysia and Salisbury, the 100 year taboo on the use of chemical weapons is in danger of collapse. The stakes could not be higher as gene-editing technologies put a new generation of bio-weapons within reach of almost anyone. By Harry De Quetteville 14 JULY 2018 • 5:55 AM BST The small town of Melksham, in rural Wiltshire, is an unlikely location for one of the world’s largest producers of gas masks. Yet there, next to Farmers’ Roundabout, is a warehouse containing a production line that can turn out a quarter of a million masks a year. Models include the FM54, a sinister-looking bit of kit used by the SAS. This is Avon Protection, originally founded in the late 19th century as a tyre factory but which, come the First World … [Read more...] about The rise of biological and chemical weapons: how ready is the UK?