British Foreign Policy. Crises, Conflicts and Future Challenges

  • ID: 3961192
  • Book
  • Region: United Kingdom, Great Britain
  • 288 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Britain has been a significant voice in global politics in the last two decades and its impact on world events far outweighs its material resources. But how does a small island on the edge of Europe continue to exercise this level of power on an international scale? What kind of actor is Britain internationally? And what future challenges will confront British foreign policymakers in a multi–polar world of emerging powers?

In this comprehensive introduction to British foreign policy today Jamie Gaskarth addresses these and other key questions. Against a rich historical backdrop, he examines the main actors and processes involved in British foreign policy–making as well as the role played by identity in shaping such choices. Later chapters focus on the relationship between economics and foreign policy, what it means to be ethical in this policy sphere, and the justification for and benefits of the UK s continued use of force to achieve its foreign policy goals.

Combining interview research, theoretical insight and analysis of contemporary and historical trends, this book charts how British foreign policy has come to be understood and practised in the 21st Century. It will be an invaluable guide for students of British politics, foreign policy, international relations and related courses.
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Acknowledgements

Glossary

1. Introduction

2. The Actors in British foreign policy

3. How is British foreign policy made?.

4. Self–identity and British Foreign Policy

5. Britain in the world

6. Ethics and British foreign policy

7. Defence and British foreign policy

8. Economics and British foreign policy

Conclusion: The future of British foreign policy

Notes

Bibliography

Index
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