Heard in London: Europe-wide anxiety on post-Nov. 8 U.S. policy

Special to WorldTribune.com

by Dr. Jack Caravelli, Geostrategy-Direct

When those in London are not fixated on the U.S. presidential election, they are immersed in their own set of controversial political issues.

In late October a Geostrategy Direct editor was in the city to chair a multilateral cyber security conference and to participate in a series of one and one meetings with senior officials. The cyber security conference brought together experts from the U.S., UK, Germany and Italy. … Perhaps most surprising was that after a round of presentations, German cyber experts acknowledged how lacking their country is in both defensive and offensive capabilities. …

Liam Fox will be tasked with helping to secure trade deals with other countries following Brexit.
Liam Fox will be tasked with helping to secure trade deals with other countries following Brexit.

The editor also met with senior UK and Jordanian officials. The first meeting was with Dr. Liam Fox, a major supporter of the UK leaving the EU and newly appointed UK Minister for International Trade. Fox has the critical job of transitioning the UK’s trade relations as it begins the two-year process of leaving the European Union after this June’s Brexit vote.

Opponents of the vote assert that the UK’s financial interests will be compromised by leaving the trade advantages of EU membership. Fox disagrees, claiming there is in place a long-term strategy whereby the UK government will begin negotiating bilateral trade deals globally. To this end, Fox will join British Prime Minister Theresa May in a visit to India. …

An ardent supporter of the United States, Fox expressed concern over the toxic nature of the current political process, questioning whether the election victor will be able to govern effectively in a contentious environment.

Mazan Homoud, Jordanian ambassador to the United Kingdom, revealed the concerns of an important U.S. ally about U.S. policy in the Middle East. Educated in Alabama, Homoud expressed appreciation for years of U.S. support while wondering aloud why Barack Obama has “turned his back on the region.”

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