Politics @ Surrey

The blog of the Department of Politics at the University of Surrey

Crying about Wolf: Media, Hysteria and Syria

An interesting debate has emerged on the political twitter-verse in the last 24 hours, out of the much discussed White House Correspondents dinner and the customary ‘roast’ provided this year by Michelle Wolf. Wolf has experienced significant backlash from both the conservative political establishment, as well as from senior Washington political correspondents for a speech […]

Article 50 infographics – updated to April

It’s been a quiet month in Brexit-land, because negotiators need holidays too. Hence, there’s been very little movement since the flurry in late March, and consequently not much to add to the graphics. To make up for that, and because I’ve now been doing these for over a year, I’ve made some summary charts of […]

Air Strikes on Syria: Illegal but Legitimate?

The Syrian air strikes show that legality is only one consideration for states contemplating the use of force, but that it nevertheless remains important.[1] It is unsurprising, in the wake of the air strikes carried out by the US, UK, and France on 14 April 2018 against the Syrian Government’s chemical weapons facilities, that questions […]

Article 50 infographics – updated to March

A bit early, to avoid it getting lost in the rush to the Easter weekend. The past month has seen movement on the draft Withdrawal Agreement, and the second version literally highlights the progress made. The infographics reflect that with some further reductions in barriers to reaching an agreed outcome in October. However, substantial barriers […]

Spring: the season of fig-leaves

So, for all the worrying, it looks like tomorrow’s Art.50 European Council will be a procession. The draft Withdrawal Agreement is 75% green, transition agreements are all in place and the events in Salisbury have reminded everyone that there are good external reasons to get on with each other. Of course, it’s not nearly that […]

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