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David Miles
David Miles is Managing Editor of Global Politics Magazine and is a contributor at the Daily Beast and the Scotsman. He is also a Carnegie Scholar at the University of St Andrews and is an Associate Fellow at the Centre for Global Constitutionalism.

Entries by David Miles

From Brexit To Breakup: A Scottish View On The EU Referendum

(2) Comments | Posted June 22, 2016 | 10:51 PM

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Something we in Scotland learned the hard way in 2014 is that referendum questions are dangerous because they make both choices on the ballot paper seem equally plausible. By giving the people a choice we...

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Solidarity or Self-interest? European Integration and the German Question

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 12:39 PM

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This article was originally published by The Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs in Carnegie Ethics Online on 17 August 2015.

In Klaus Harpprecht's 1995 biography of Thomas Mann,...

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Boehner Makes Republicans 'Tools and Dupes' of Netanyahu's Election Campaign

(89) Comments | Posted March 3, 2015 | 7:28 AM

One of the defining precepts of the American Republic from its earliest days to today has been that the president of the United States represents the country in its dealings with the world. It is a view which the Supreme Court unambiguously endorsed in 1936 in United States v. Curtiss-Wright...

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On September 18, the Silent Majority in Scotland Should Say No With Pride

(2) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 5:15 PM

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Most of us have to say no quite a lot in our lives. To people who knock at the door selling religion, or nice looking new guttering to improve the look of your roofline. To your children when...

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Scottish Independence and Our Political Natures

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 3:06 PM

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The only mention of Scotland in Avi Tuschman's Our Political Nature is a reference to the dangers of inbreeding among Hebridean bumblebees, yet the author's anthropological examination of what divides groups in societies offers plenty of...

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Alex Salmond's Kamikaze Negotiating is a Millstone Round Scotland's Neck

(6) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 4:30 PM

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John Swinney, the Finance Secretary for Scotland has repeated the SNP government's threat to walk away from Scotland's share of the UK debt. Let me repeat that again: the man who is currently in...

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Margaret Thatcher Was Right: Justice Must be Done for The Palestinians

(2) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 5:05 PM

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I have friends who happen to be Jewish, friends who happen to be Palestinian, friends who happen to be American, friends who happen to be Muslim, and friends who happen to be many other...

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Memo to Alex Salmond: Independence Is for Life, Not Just for Christmas

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 3:23 PM

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Last week marked the 35th anniversary of 11 SNP MPs voting with Margaret Thatcher to bring down James Callaghan's Labour government. The no-confidence motion was lost by a single vote, and...

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World History Shows U.S.- Russia Relations Must Move Beyond Fear and Conflict

(1) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 5:24 PM


In the 2003 documentary The Fog of War, Robert McNamara recalled that during the Cuban Missile Crisis, it was Ambassador Tommy Thompson's personal insight on Khrushchev from his time in Moscow that saved the day and, possibly, human civilization. Challenging JFK's belief that...

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We Need a Parliament and Constitution for the Whole Country, Not SNP and UKIP Delusion

(18) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 2:49 PM

Apart from 2014 being the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, the year Glasgow hosts the Commonwealth Games, and that Scotland plays host to the Ryder Cup, the vote on Scottish independence is also being held 100 years after the outbreak of the First World War. The conflict which...

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Thatcher's Militant Democracy

(1) Comments | Posted April 16, 2013 | 1:16 PM

Unlike Chancellor Merkel of Germany, who has a reputation for only sticking her neck out when confident of victory, Margaret Thatcher sometimes had little choice in the timing of the battles she had to fight.

The invasion of the Falkand Islands in 1982 was one of those...

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Cameron Fuels the Folly of British Isolationism

(6) Comments | Posted January 28, 2013 | 3:07 PM

Possibly the most stand out moment of levity in David Cameron's speech on Wednesday announcing an 'in/out' referendum on Britain's EU membership within the next 5 years was when he said: "It is time to settle this European question in British politics."

Who's he kidding? In recent decades, Europe has...

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Why Obama Needs to Stop Netanyahu's Dangerous Driving

(128) Comments | Posted November 30, 2012 | 1:47 PM

If you were at a party and saw a drunken friend heading for the door with his SUV keys in his hands, you'd manhandle him to the ground; you'd do anything to stop him getting into that vehicle and killing himself or innocent bystanders.

Innocent people like the

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Self-Preservation or Principles: A UK Perspective on the U.S. Gun Debate

(28) Comments | Posted July 31, 2012 | 1:01 PM

In the wake of the movie theater shooting in Aurora, there have been the predictable cries for tighter gun controls, and the standard incredulous noises coming from some British commentators about how remarkably easy it is for crazy Americans to get hold of guns. Yet after the Cumbria...

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Love Thy Enemy

(3) Comments | Posted June 4, 2012 | 2:08 PM

Sir Anthony Berry was killed in the Irish Republican Army's bombing of the Grand Hotel in Brighton in 1984. His daughter Jo talks about her friendship with the man convicted of the attack and why she thinks empathy can make a difference.

When confronted with the heart wrenching reality of...

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Time for Last-Minute Merkel to End Her Euro Brinkmanship

(17) Comments | Posted February 2, 2012 | 4:12 PM

Back in November when the temperature in the sovereign debt crisis was on the rise, a euro zone central banker speaking to The Economist admitted that his mind had turned to historical catastrophes such as the First World War and how Europe's leaders had blundered into them. "From the...

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The Euro Elephant in the German Living Room

(16) Comments | Posted January 18, 2012 | 2:48 PM

"The current crisis has uncovered the deficiencies in the construction of EMU (European monetary union) mercilessly," was the uncharacteristically frank admission from Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy in a joint letter to the European Council President on the eve of the December 9th summit. What is typically exasperating about...

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Europe's Dance Of Death

(26) Comments | Posted December 30, 2011 | 2:02 PM

"It's a Ponzi scheme, it's a fraud, it's a sham," observed Jim Rogers this week when interviewed on the BBC World Service. One of the world's most successful investors was, however, not giving his verdict on the dastardly deeds which have confined Bernard Madoff to prison for 150 years,...

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Europe's Democratic Crisis

(5) Comments | Posted December 21, 2011 | 2:51 PM

In 1794, President George Washington set off for Pennsylvania with thousands of troops to quell a whisky taxation rebellion which was threatening the existence of the nascent American republic. As a president democratically elected by one people, one country and one nation, Washington was charged with enforcing the tax collection...

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