Politics @ Surrey

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

The EU isn’t a state

PS’s piece on EU blogging last week made a very good argument about its core proposition that EU funding of blogging would be a terrible and counter-productive thing (thanks again to @ronpatz for taking sure I read it!). As an aside, PS noted that that EU’s budget goes very disproportionately to agriculture, the result (he […]


Syria, a Proxy Conflict in the Middle East Cold War

by John Turner The 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iranmarked the beginning of the second Middle East Cold War. Saudi Arabia and Iran along with their allies have been engaged in cold confrontation since that time. However, in large part this began to thaw in the years following the election of Muhammad Khatami to the Iranian presidency […]


Rethinking International Intervention

When the term “intervention” is used in the context of international crisis management people usually think of military intervention. That is a reflection of how narrow our view of intervention has become, in the context of the willingness of a generation of Western political leaders to launch military expeditions in far-off countries in response to […]


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