Doing so would be an opportunity for us to learn – Ukrainian forces have valuable experience of state-to-state conflict, and of Russian weaponry we have never faced.
Posts by Garvan Walshe
Garvan Walshe was National and International Security Policy Adviser for the Conservative Party until 2008.Follow @
They offer the best chance to maintain influence in Syria to counter Moscow, but the question of their ongoing conflict with Turkey must be addressed.
A combination of repression and culture war sustained the current system in recent years. But the effectiveness of that approach is wearing off.
The old hatred has been ushered in by a toxic mix of Islamism, anti-immigrant populism and far-leftism. Liberalism must fight back.
We are not up against a revived Soviet Union. At most, Putin’s state is a puffer fish – poisonous, but not as big as you think.
Garvan Walshe: In Lebanon, Saudi Arabia plays with fire. And there is no American adult to provide supervision.
The Saudi crown prince is in a hurry on every front – if anyone is advising him to take care, then he is certainly not listening to them.
Self-determination always involves conflict. In some cases that is justified, a conflict of necessity. In others it is not.
The deal won’t stop Iran’s nuclear programme for good, but it is still better than alternative, military means of non-proliferation.
Garvan Walshe: Short of sending tanks into the streets, Rajoy couldn’t be handling Catalonia’s crisis worse
The Spanish Prime Minister’s tin-eared reaction to police violence served to heighten, not dampen down, tensions.
The policy of preventing Pyongyang becoming a nuclear state has failed. We must now shift to protecting others from that new reality.
Leaving the EU means we’re erecting an enormous trade barrier with our continent.
Corbyn surely knows that Chavista populism isn’t the only alternative to a traditionalist, oligarchic right.
The modern state is intended to restrain those who seek a monopoly on power. Such people naturally resent it when that system works.
Garvan Walshe: The Taylor review is a distraction. The real problem facing Britain is that our Welfare State is bust.
Uncomfortable though it is to admit, we run our public finances like a Ponzi scheme. The only way out of this mess is to improve our terrible productivity.
We simply don’t know yet what outcome could command a broad consensus. Everything short of no deal and remaining in the EU should be kept on the table.