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The British public and NATO: still a strong alliance?

Clements, Ben (2019) The British public and NATO: still a strong alliance? British Policy and Politics at LSE (01 Dec 2019), 1 - 5. Blog Entry.

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As the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation celebrates its 70th year, Ben Clements analyses evidence on the views of the British public towards the alliance. He finds that, over time, Britons have generally been consistent in supporting NATO. Public opinion towards NATO has been given added topicality in recent years for several reasons. First, worsening relations between NATO countries and Russia over Ukraine and more general tensions over aspects of international policy. Second, controversial pronouncements made by Donald Trump, including labelling NATO as ‘obsolete’ – a view which he subsequently renounced – and expressing firm views – also voiced by his predecessors using more diplomatic language – on the need for other members to increase their defence spending. Third, Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour Party has given rise to more scrutiny of his views on foreign and defence policy. But what does the British public think of NATO?

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Additional Information: © 2019 The Author
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2020 10:27
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2021 23:25

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