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NATO and the Future of Europe–US Relations after Afghanistan

Lord David Owen reflects on the history and future of Europe–US relations in an essay for the RUSI Journal, 2022 (Royal United Services Institute, London)

“We are living in a very strange and worrying political world, with the rise in military might of President Vladimir Putin’s Russia and President Xi Jinping’s China being set against internal criticism of NATO within Europe, and Europe’s falling out with the US over Afghanistan.


Remember Kissinger’s advice to the Ukrainians

Lord Owen and other distinguished observers write to the UK’s Financial Times, 23 February 2022

“…..Vladimir Putin’s demand that Ukraine be barred from Nato is the latest iteration of a Russian policy stretching back to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.”

“In his article ‘The empire returns’ (The Weekend Essay, Life & Arts, January 28) Serhii Plokhy correctly says that president Vladimir Putin’s demand that Ukraine be barred


Nato must meet Russian aggression with determination – and meaningful sanctions

Lord Owen writing in the UK-based PoliticsHome ‘HouseNews’, 17 February 2022.

“Vladimir Putin’s encirclement of Ukraine has re-established the unity of NATO and brought the people of Ukraine far closer than before….. (NATO) has never been neutral and wee will not be neutral about any invasion of Ukraine.”

Read the full article here.

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David Owen raises concerns about the proposed NHS reforms

“Unfortunately my assessment of the Government’s proposed NHS Reforms of 8 February 2021 has proved to be far too optimistic and the Brexit campaign’s commitment to return to the 1948 model of the Secretary of State providing a democratically controlled  comprehensive NHS as held sway from 1948 until 2001 is being quietly buried by Matt Hancock and Sir Simon Stevens.

“The evidence for this comes from an exceptionally powerful analysis …


David Owen discusses current topics with Matt Forde

Broadcast in the series ‘The Political Party, Matt Forde’. 21 May 2021.
1hr 58″

David Owen reminisces about Roy Jenkins, Shirley Williams and Margaret Thatcher, but also delivers sharp political analysis about Keir Starmer, Boris Johnson, Jeremy Corbyn and Brexit…. His insights on the international stage include brilliant stories about his encounters with Ronald Reagan, Robert Mugabe and Slobodan Milosevic.

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‘Planet Normal’ interview with David Owen on current topics

Lord Owen speaks to the Planet Normal podcast of the UK’s Daily Telegraph (22 April 2021). In a wide-ranging interview, he discusses the Government’s response to Covid, the various lobbying scandals and the wisdom of proper Cabinet Government. In particular, in the wake of the death of Shirley Williams he talks of the ‘what ifs’ of history if she had become, as he wished, leader of the Social Democratic Party …


At Last: ban on UK blood plasma lifted

On 5 June 2021 DHSC, NHS & Treasury at last approved the Transfusion Services’ business plan for saving and exploiting recovered plasma and source plasma for fractionation. The necessary funding has been allocated for the current year and will form a routine part of the services’ public expenditure allocation(s) in the years ahead. This brings to an end the uncertainties that had persisted around this topic despite the Government’s announcement …