The Great Deception: Anglo-American Power and World Order

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In this controversial new book, Mark Curtis uses original research into recently declassified government files to produce a scathing critique of Anglo-American foreign policy in the 1990s. Focusing on three major areas - the UN, development and the Middle East - He details the extent to which Britain and the US, to different degrees, share considerable responsibility for human rights abuses, poverty and insecurity in the Third World. Curtis frames an understanding of British and US foreign policies in the 1990s ...
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In this controversial new book, Mark Curtis uses original research into recently declassified government files to produce a scathing critique of Anglo-American foreign policy in the 1990s. Focusing on three major areas - the UN, development and the Middle East - He details the extent to which Britain and the US, to different degrees, share considerable responsibility for human rights abuses, poverty and insecurity in the Third World. Curtis frames an understanding of British and US foreign policies in the 1990s by tracing the development of those policies since the end of the Second World War, demonstrating that the priorities have remained virtually unchanged over the last 50 years, particularly in terms of military and economic policy. The US, with Britain clinging at times unceremoniously to its coat-tails, has systematically manipulated the international foreign policy agenda in its own interests. By blocking UN initiatives, impoverishing and destabilising Third World countries under the guise of development and democratisation, and protecting corrupt client regimes it has acted to ensure its own continued access to strategically important resources - particularly oil. In this rigorously researched study, Curtis tackles head-on the great deceptions of the foreign policy establishment, and offers a radical and much-needed reappraisal of the complex 'special relationship' between Britain and the US.
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Draws on recently declassified government files to make a controversial and radical critique of British and US foreign policy since 1945. By exposing the formerly secret planning record, the author sheds new light on topical issues such as Anglo-American policies on the UN, the regimes of the Middle East, the Rwanda genocide, British foreign and aid policy under Blair, and US foreign policy under Clinton. Reveals for the first time the extent to which governments on both sides of the Atlantic share responsibility for human rights abuses, poverty, and insecurity in the Third World. The author has been published widely in British and US foreign policy and on international relations. distributed by Stylus Publishing. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780745312347
  • Publisher: Pluto Press
  • Publication date: 4/20/1998
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 1.11 (w) x 1.11 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations and Acronyms
Introduction 1
Pt. I Foreign Policy
1 Postwar Foreign Policy and the Special Relationship 9
2 Foreign Policy Under the Democrats and Labour 33
Pt. II Development
3 The 'Development' System 65
4 The Prevention of Development 90
Pt. III The Middle East
5 Controlling the Modern Middle East 117
6 The Gulf 142
Pt. IV The United Nations
7 The US, Britain and the UN in History 173
8 Current Policy, Intervention and the Case of Rwanda 193
Notes 214
Index 255
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