By Steve McCabe MP
With weeks to go until the June deadline for nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 (or EU3+3), the prospects for a final agreement seem as doubtful as ever. The Iranian negotiators, who have long since developed a reputation for stalling the process and periodically revising their demands and statements, are already pushing the idea that the talks could extend beyond June 30.
Moral cohesion from local combatants requires moral clarity from the West.
By Rt Hon. David Jones MP
The Guardian recently reported that Major General Tim Cross, the most senior British officer involved in post-war planning in Iraq, echoed sentiments previously expressed by U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter when he said that the collapse of the town of Ramadi showed that the Iraqi army lacked the will to fight against the so-called Islamic State (ISIS).
By Lord Carlile of Berriew CBE QC
On June 25, the member countries of the European Union will participate in a summit in Brussels. It is expected to be the scene of some energetic debate between the UK on the one hand and France and Germany on the other, regarding the future of the EU.
By Lord Maginnis of Drumglass
The White House has made a strong effort to downplay the apparent diplomatic snub that is Saudi King Salman’s decision not to attend this week’s Washington summit with Gulf Cooperation Council leaders. The Obama administration has indicated that they do not regard it as a snub and do not believe that the decision is in response to any substantive difference of opinion.