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The future of UK foreign policy

Cox, Michael, Kitchen, Nicholas, Cooper, Robert, Allen, Mark, Braithwaite, Rodric, Greenstock, Jeremy, Mottram, Richard, Powell, Charles and Rifkind, Malcolm (2010) The future of UK foreign policy. IDEAS reports - special reports, Kitchen, Nicholas (ed.) (SR0006). LSE IDEAS, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Upon assuming power in May, the United Kingdom’s historic coalition government set in motion three exercises that together aimed to reshape British foreign policy. Taken together, the new National Security Strategy (NSS), the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) and the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR), seek to lay down the bounds of Britain’s future role in the world, to articulate Britain’s national interests, establish the goals of policy and set the means by which to achieve them. Timed to coincide with the government’s announcement of what should amount to a grand strategy for the United Kingdom, the cross-party Parliamentary committee for Public Administration released a report that stated that ‘the Government in Whitehall has lost the art of making national strategy in relation to defence and security’. Bernard Jenkin, the Conservative chairman, was not alone in his concern that an inability to ‘think strategically’ was fundamentally undermining the process of reviewing the UK’s national strategy. This report is conceived as an attempt to address this perceived failing. The contributors here – all with long and distinguished careers in British foreign policy – were asked to consider Britain’s role in the world in the broadest sense, to identify our core interests and the most appropriate capacities to secure them, and to do so in recognition of the reality of the resource constraints that are coming to define this period in British political history. Doing so in light of the government’s proposals serves to shine a light on whether the result of this review process represents a coherent and appropriate refocusing of British strategy that reflects the world as it is, and is realistic about the United Kingdom’s place in it.

Item Type: Monograph (Report)
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Additional Information: © 2010 The Authors
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 10 May 2012 10:09
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2021 00:07

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