Politics @ Surrey

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

Crunch time at the UN for the future of Palestine

Jointly authored: Professor Marie Breen-Smyth and Professor Sir Mike Aaronson As the vote whether to give formal recognition goes to the United Nations two experts in International Politics who have just returned from Palestine give their views. Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas will make a formal request to the United Nations for recognition of Palestine as the […]


Libya after Gaddafi: what kind of regime will emerge?

Rumours of rebel victory a few days ago in Libya were replaced by a reemergence of government forces in the Gaddafi compound.  Rebel claims to have captured the Gaddafi heir apparent Saif al-Islam were followed by his defiant tour of certain streets in Tripoli in government vehicles, demonstrating that he was still, in fact,  at […]


Karzai’s Police Force: While State Security Forces in the Middle East Come Under Pressure, in Afghanistan, NATO Continues to Build.

Our perceptions of the future of the Middle East and the ability of western states to influence events therein have shifted radically over the course of these historic months. President Obama proudly proclaimed after the fall of Mubarak that Egyptian citizen’s rights must now be irreversibly recognized and fair elections should be a priority. In the interim […]


The Obama Doctrine: Intervention after the War on Terror

The shooting of Osama Bin Laden, President Obama’s latest foreign policy speech, and the looming drawdown of American forces in Afghanistan all point towards a welcome possibility: the sun may soon set on the War on Terror. This could be Obama’s 9/11 moment: the twilight of an ending era, followed by a slow dawn. And as Obama is acutely aware, America’s tomorrow is still to be written.


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