Category Archives: Politics

How the UN found a consensus on free speech

As an Associate Editor of Timothy Garton Ash’s Free Speech Debate, I attended a lecture by UN High Commissioner Navi Pillay. The following article is a summary of her talk on how Articles 19 and 20 of the Convention on

How the UN found a consensus on free speech

As an Associate Editor of Timothy Garton Ash’s Free Speech Debate, I attended a lecture by UN High Commissioner Navi Pillay. The following article is a summary of her talk on how Articles 19 and 20 of the Convention on

Quoted in Vox

A blog I wrote last year has been quoted by Vox in one of its characteristic “explainer” pieces. The piece purports to explain why so many sessions of Ukraine’s parliaments descend into fights, without relying on crude stereotypes of the

Quoted in Vox

A blog I wrote last year has been quoted by Vox in one of its characteristic “explainer” pieces. The piece purports to explain why so many sessions of Ukraine’s parliaments descend into fights, without relying on crude stereotypes of the

Discontent: the first step to progress

An article written for Europe & Me in the aftermath of the European Parliament elections in late May. Despite the dissatisfaction revealed by the European Parliament elections in May 2014, Europe’s citizens are increasingly ready to believe the Union can

Discontent: the first step to progress

An article written for Europe & Me in the aftermath of the European Parliament elections in late May. Despite the dissatisfaction revealed by the European Parliament elections in May 2014, Europe’s citizens are increasingly ready to believe the Union can

Is North Korea closer to the precipice than ever?

Being the twenty-fifth anniversary of the massacre in Tiananmen Square, this year is an opportune moment to reconsider what we thought we knew about North Korea. In a quarter of a century, China has been changed beyond all expectations. It

Is North Korea closer to the precipice than ever?

Being the twenty-fifth anniversary of the massacre in Tiananmen Square, this year is an opportune moment to reconsider what we thought we knew about North Korea. In a quarter of a century, China has been changed beyond all expectations. It

Mandela; his life and legacy

As a work of literature, the autobiography of Nelson Mandela, A Long Walk to Freedom, is a curious beast, with many contradictory purposes. Of course, it is a story worth telling, and there are several episodes on which Mandela obviously

Mandela; his life and legacy

As a work of literature, the autobiography of Nelson Mandela, A Long Walk to Freedom, is a curious beast, with many contradictory purposes. Of course, it is a story worth telling, and there are several episodes on which Mandela obviously

The Defence Department may be preparing to end the War on Terror, but is the CIA?

Speech made at the Oxford Union by Jeh Johnson, General Counsel to the Department of Defence, 30 November 2012 Of all the places to declare the end of a war, the Oxford Union is one of the more underwhelming. Far

The Defence Department may be preparing to end the War on Terror, but is the CIA?

Speech made at the Oxford Union by Jeh Johnson, General Counsel to the Department of Defence, 30 November 2012 Of all the places to declare the end of a war, the Oxford Union is one of the more underwhelming. Far

Wolfgang Schauble, Mr President?

The German finance minister, speaking at St Antony’s College, Oxford, sought to rally the faithful to reach the post-crisis promised land by preaching a new vision of Europe. Although some way behind the forceful style of Poland’s Radek Sikorski (whom

Wolfgang Schauble, Mr President?

The German finance minister, speaking at St Antony’s College, Oxford, sought to rally the faithful to reach the post-crisis promised land by preaching a new vision of Europe. Although some way behind the forceful style of Poland’s Radek Sikorski (whom