It is a litany of uncomfortable and inconvenient truths. Obsessing over these does little to spur progress.
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The Government can help to ensure that one of the faith’s leading authorities publicly stresses the rights of religious minorities and women.
“Think of it more like a mafia than a government and you have an idea of how it works,” says the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee.
The conflict in Afghanistan isn’t just about ideas, and can’t be insulated from its geographic environment.
Nor could the Foreign Secretary pretend that his department was paying much attention to Afghanistan before the fall of Kabul.
James Frayne: Polls suggest the Government will not face a backlash for the principle of withdrawal in Afghanistan
Mainly because people didn’t want troops to be there (or in the Middle East) in the first place.
Lettice Bromovsky: Now that the UK has a firm place within the ASEAN bloc, it must stand up to China’s aggressive antics
A unified approach against this authoritarian power is the only way to combat Chinese influence and expansion.
David Lidington: There’s no alternative to our American alliance. But we also need a new strategic relationship with our European allies.
A lot can be done through NATO structures like the Northern Group that brings together its members and partner countries.
‘Sleepy Joe’ has sleep-walked the United States into its biggest foreign policy debacle for a generation.
Michael Nazir-Ali: After the betrayal of democracy in Afghanistan, will other countries in the region ever trust the West again?
Sensing blood, the vultures are circling: ISIS is active already, and not only in the remoter parts of country.
Sarah Ingham: How much should we take from, say, the NHS budget to fund a unilateral mission in Afghanistan – if anything?
Regime change usually involves chaos, bloodshed and a humanitarian crisis. Has the Stop the War movement become Continue the Military Intervention?
Afghanistan and America 2) David Davis: The harsh truth is that we had no strategy – and fell back on supporting a corrupt state
We could have degraded Al Qaeda and then left. Or else pursued a proper counter-insurgency plan. Instead, we did neither.
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.
Tobias Ellwood: We’ve left Afghanistan to become a haven for terrorists to plot attacks against the West – once again
We urgently need an inquiry to understand our strategic failures in the country, and what went wrong.
Julian Brazier: The Integrated Review is groundbreaking, but doesn’t go far enough in addressing the Army’s weaknesses
It can become the best again, but only if the land forces element is revisited in the Government’s proposal.