Poles believe their country should be considered one of the major nations of Europe, and belong to the same club as Germany, France, Italy and Spain.
Posts by Garvan Walshe
Garvan Walshe was National and International Security Policy Adviser for the Conservative Party until 2008.Follow @
Garvan Walshe: Germany’s new government may get tougher on Russia and China. Which would suit ours. But there’s a snag.
Ministers must grasp that this new one will be even more disposed to conduct its foreign policy through the EU.
Garvan Walshe: Leaving Afghanistan won’t stop terrorists using failed states. How can we learn from our mistakes?
It is time to consider some sort of international stabilisation and counter-terrorist organisation.
The conflict in Afghanistan isn’t just about ideas, and can’t be insulated from its geographic environment.
Garvan Walshe: Just as in Hong Kong and Belarus, the UK has a duty to stand up for freedom in Tunisia
The most important task is the resolution of the constitutional crisis and a return to the normal democratic process.
Garvan Walshe: Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan may not be a strategic mistake, but it is a moral disaster.
Afghan security force members are being murdered. Girls’ schools are being shut down. Iran and Russia are weighing up a return to the quagmire.
Garvan Walshe: Orbán, Le Pen, Morawiecki. Europe’s new national populist alliance is a sign of weakness, not strength.
Weakening at home and friendless abroad, it finds itself on the back foot – and exposed to its nations’ reliance on EU funds.
Garvan Walshe: Iran’s new President will be a headache for the West – and a nightmare for Iranians themselves
Raisi, who presided over the execution of 5000 regime opponents in 1988, would be a strong bulwark against an Iranian version of Gorbachev taking over.
Garvan Walshe: So you want Islamists kept out of government? Well, I’ve news for you. They’re going into it. In Israel.
Muftis in suits will work with securalists, leftists with rightists – and generals. This strange alliance is united by one thing only: a loathing of Netanyahu.
Garvan Walshe: Lukashenko’s air piracy. By way of western response, sanctions are only a start. Here’s what we need to do next.
Universities need heavier scrutiny. Owners must be identified. Media backed by regimes that restrict freedom should be denied broadcast licenses.
People need to feel in control of their lives and communities again, and this need is now at its strongest after a year of repression and enforced passivity.
Garvan Walshe: Modi, India’s strongman, has weakened his country abroad as well at home – through his terrible Covid mismanagement
This disaster points Indians to the danger of government by emergency men, not emergency measures.
Garvan Walshe: Russia’s building up troops on Ukraine’s border. Here’s what we can do to stymie Putin.
Britain can convene a coalition of countries, including Poland, Sweden, Finland, the Netherlands and the Baltic states, possibly with Ukraine in association.
Garvan Walshe: Merkeldammerung. Germany’s polls put the Greens within striking distance of government.
A traffic light coalition? A Jamaica coalition? Who knows? What’s certain is that the CDU/CSU is struggling amidst a fragmenting landscape.
Garvan Walshe: The Integrated Review’s tilt to Asia could leave us vulnerable closer to home – and Putin
The impulse of Brexit is to prove Britain’s openness by striking out, but this tilt increases our security dependence on Europe.