European obstacles

In my last blog post, I described the basic socialist world-view and promised to follow it up with a post explaining why that world-view was so attractive. Then, I got side-tracked. The research programme that I’m working on exploded into a period of prolonged hyper-activity. Along with my colleague Rob Brennan, between January and the…

Afghanistan: what the hell happened there?

Two weeks ago the NATO forces in Afghanistan handed over formal control of security to local Afghan forces, with the US aiming to withdraw a big majority of troops by the end of 2014. The Afghan state is corrupt and weak, with authority barely extending beyond Kabul. By contrast, the Taliban must be extremely disciplined…