Nine days in paradise: PM looks to project power on the international stage

By Harry Brown When Boris Johnson woke on Friday morning, his already weakened position had perhaps taken its biggest hit yet. Two key by-election defeats in the safe Conservative seat of Tiverton and Honiton and Wakefield’s 2019 red wall coup had once again sent shockwaves through the Conservative Party. This was swiftly followed by a…

Letter from Poland… SEC Newgate CEE stands with Ukraine

By Ewa Grabek At first, everyone gave their all. We have never seen our country so united and eager to help before. This huge, nation-wide movement to provide attacked Ukrainians with shelter, healthcare, food and necessities, jobs or even military equipment lasted for the first few weeks of the war. The whole world witnessed countless…

Ukraine fights to stem social media disinformation

By Matthew Ford One of the key objectives in any communication campaign is to frame the debate. That means ensuring public discourse takes place where you are strong and where your opponents are weak.  Essentially, you need to make certain that your story is the one being heard most loudly. In this area Russia has…

How do you solve a problem like Crimea?

By Rebecca Coleman The hills are alive with the sound of music. If by hills, you mean the eastern Ukraine border, and by music you mean the sound of almost 107,000 Russian troops on it. Described by the Russian state as a ‘training exercise’, this week has seen the build-up of troops, war vehicles and…