Britain and the Middle East in the 9/11 Era. Chatham House Papers

  • ID: 2674221
  • Book
  • Region: Britain, Middle East, United Kingdom, Great Britain
  • 232 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Britain s participation in the invasion of Iraq in 2003 marked a dramatic shift in the direction and focus of British relations with the Middle East. This book provides the first extensive examination of the impact of 9/11 on the UK′s policy towards this critical region. It places Britain s involvement firmly within the rich historical context which is essential for understanding the legacy of empire and demonstrates how the New Labour leadership wilfully ignored the lessons to be learned from past experience. The book also argues that Britain not only set the scene for US engagement in the Middle East, but also became tainted by association with a US project for reforming the region that has foundered.
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Chapter 1: Historical Background: Stages in the Relationship.

Chapter 2: New Labour Worldview and the Middle East.

Chapter 3: New Labour: New Policy–Making Process.

Chapter 4: Britain s Role in the Peace Process: 1997 to 2001.

Chapter 5: The Road to War in Iraq.

Chapter 6: Reaping the Whirlwind: the Fallout from the Invasion of Iraq for British Relations across the Middle East.

Part I: Inside Iraq.

Part II: Around the Region.

Chapter 7: Realpolitik and the Peace Process after 9/11.

Chapter 8: Still Flying the Flag: Britain and the Arab Gulf States.

Chapter 9: Conclusions.


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A wonderful and fascinating contribution to our understanding of Britain s place in the morass created by 9/11. This is the first work to set these current events in their true historical context. An absolute must for anyone wishing to understand the UK s role in the wider Middle East, placed four–square within the story of our journey from Empire to conflicted transatlantic European power.

Jon Snow, Newscaster, Channel 4 News

Rosemary Hollis combines breadth of vision with painstaking attention to detail in this comprehensive analysis of New Labour and the Middle East. Anyone who wishes to understand the complexities of the region and the impact on British foreign policy of our relationship with the United States need look no further.
Sir Menzies Campbell MP, former leader, Liberal Democrats

This account of Britain′s role in the Middle East under New Labour is a well–written and significant contribution to our understanding of the modern Middle East. It not only sheds light on the Blair government′s involvement in Arab Israeli peacemaking and the post–9/11 war on terror , but also enhances our understanding of EU involvement and US leadership. Required reading for anyone seeking to understand how events have unfolded in the region in the past ten years.
Yossi Alpher, former director, Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies

From her unique vantage point at the intersection of government, academia, civil society and London s diplomatic corps, Dr Hollis incisively dissects Britain s relations with the Middle East under New Labour as well as Blair′s path to war in Iraq. This is as close to a definitive account as we are going to get for some time.
Tarak Barkawi, Senior Lecturer, Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge

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