Author Archives: andrewnealedinburgh

The politics of national security: how safe would an independent Scotland be?

What are the security considerations to keep in mind when debating for or against Scottish independence? Although independence is unlikely to pose an existential threat to Scotland, there are still important issues to consider – despite being given little attention … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

For effective democratic oversight of intelligence and security, an independent Scotland would need more politicians

On 11 September 2014 my colleagues and I published our fourth report, on the subject of ‘Intelligence and security oversight in an independent Scotland’, as part of our research seminar series ‘Security in Scotland, with or without constitutional change’. These are … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

White Paper reflections – Security

The security and intelligence plans in the white paper build on Scotland’s strengths in policing and resilience by proposing a single integrated security service. There are no plans for a Scottish MI6, heeding criticism of this mooted idea. GCHQ-type functions … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

‘Scotland’s Defence’ at the Festival of Politics: Staying above politics is still politics

Reblogged from: The Future of Scotland and UK Dr Andrew Neal blogs from the Festival of Politics 2013 This was an elegant lesson in democratic politics. A few in the audience wanted to heckle and speak out of turn. The … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Syria Vote: The Unwritten Constitution Rewritten Before Our Very Eyes

Last night’s parliamentary vote against military action in Syria was constitutionally significant. The UK is said to have an ‘unwritten constitution’. There is no single document called ‘The Constitution’. Instead the constitutional fabric of the country is made up of … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Seminar Series Announcement: Security in Scotland, with or without constitutional change

These six one-day seminars will bring together policymakers, politicians, practitioners and academics to explore the implications of constitutional change for security governance in Scotland and the rest of the UK. Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, they will … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | 3 Comments

Spying on Scotland – a modest proposal

The recent revelations about domestic surveillance in the US were controversial because the National Security Agency was secretly spying on the communications of American citizens. In the US, debates about intelligence have always hinged on a distinction between citizens and … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | 3 Comments