Articles by: Christopher Cannell

Elegy for Afghanistan: Forgetting a war

Elegy for Afghanistan: Forgetting a war

February 2, 2018 at 12:04 PM

To ravage, to slaughter, to usurp under false titles, they call empire; and where they make a desert, they call it peace. ~ Tacitus, Life of Agricola, Book 30 Led to write this piece by the recent attacks in Kabul (Three in the last week of January), I wonder ifRead More

The ISIS Network: Has it been underestimated?

The ISIS Network: Has it been underestimated?

February 22, 2017 at 5:06 AM

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Daesh, “so-called Islamic State”, ISIS, call them what you will, are not a state and disregard certain tenets of Islam wilfully. What they are becoming however, is far more interesting to speculate on, in the light of the diplomatic wrangles between theRead More

The Road to Scotland: Sturgeon’s choice

The Road to Scotland: Sturgeon’s choice

November 17, 2016 at 3:43 AM

With the recent high court decision on Brexit, and its upholding in the Supreme Court, three paths now face the Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in her quest to achieve independence. The ruling Scottish Nationalist Party’s (SNP) dream of achieving the full independence of modern Scotland from the rest ofRead More

Europe On The Brink

Europe On The Brink

December 13, 2014 at 8:15 PM

As Europe remembers the centenary of the First World War, the situation: great powers disagreeing, foreign interventionism, nationalist resurgence, Russia looming, could not be further from what it could be imagined by the generation who called it the “Great War.”

Snipping the String of Pearls with Blunt Scissors

Snipping the String of Pearls with Blunt Scissors

April 19, 2014 at 10:33 AM

Through a combination of assertiveness and rapprochement, and a change in force structure, India can combat China’s own assertiveness and encirclement in a non-belligerent manner. The string can be cut, the pearls can fall to the ground; but only if the Tiger can convince the Dragon’s friends he is no longer invincible, that his strength is terrible, and, perhaps, mythical.