British Foreign and Defence Policy since 1945: Challenges and Dilemmas in a Changing World

British Foreign and Defence Policy since 1945: Challenges and Dilemmas in a Changing World

by Robert Self
     
 

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The end of the Cold War, 9/11, conflict in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the emergence of 'rogue' and 'failing' states, have all fundamentally served to transform the international arena and Britain's role and position within it. This volume sets out the choices, problems and dilemmas facing contemporary policy-makers against a background of British external policy

Overview

The end of the Cold War, 9/11, conflict in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the emergence of 'rogue' and 'failing' states, have all fundamentally served to transform the international arena and Britain's role and position within it. This volume sets out the choices, problems and dilemmas facing contemporary policy-makers against a background of British external policy responses to emerging challenges since 1945.

The author provides a systematic and up-to-the-minute analysis of Britain's attachment to an increasingly unbalanced and ambivalent 'special relationship' with the United States, the complexities of its selective Europeanism, the problems created by its retreat from empire and the successes and failures of the search for an 'ethical dimension' in foreign policy. In addition, there is a detailed assessment of the commitment to 'humanitarian intervention' that evolved during the Blair years and the more fundamental dilemma it highlighted as defence planners continue to struggle with the consequences of a chronic long-term misalignment between over-extended foreign policy ambitions and the financial and military resources available to fulfil those expectations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230220805
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
08/03/2010
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

ROBERT SELF was formerly Professor of British Politics and Contemporary History at London Metropolitan University. He has authored or edited ten books including the first major biography of Neville Chamberlin to be based principally on an extensive range of archival sources.

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