It may not be possible for the West to find one, but it’s in our interest to try – no less than to support war-torn, Putin-invaded Ukraine.
Just as during the Cold War, those who try to undermine confidence in our institutions and values serve Moscow’s purposes.
In the public imagination, his vague nuclear threats suggest intercontinental strikes against western cities. But suppose they mean something else.
The situation will fester, which will pose major challenges for statecraft, and for the stability both of Ukraine and of surrounding areas.
The conventional war on the Central European landmass unfolding before us is a massive international event – comparable in security terms to a 9/11.
In memory of the author of “Republican Party Reptile”, who showed why our economic system won the Cold War.
Too many defence reviews have followed the Blairite sentiment that we are an instrument for global wellbeing.
European defence budgets only go so far, and ultimately we need the Anglo-American link.
Regime change usually involves chaos, bloodshed and a humanitarian crisis. Has the Stop the War movement become Continue the Military Intervention?
Spending amounts to an extra £24 billion over four years from today’s levels, helping to equip our Armed Forces.
The new administration will want to look and feel different but, on this issue, it should resist being lured into “compromise”.
The UK has never had such an independent institution despite the model being a tremendous success in other countries around the world.
The Cabinet Office’s Review will ask complex questions about its purpose. But a straightforward one may be the place to start.
If the free world values freedom, then it must wake up to the imminent dangers – or the threat will spread.