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    Britain and the bomb: Surveying party supporters’ attitudes on the nuclear weapons debate

Britain and the bomb: Surveying party supporters’ attitudes on the nuclear weapons debate

With Britain’s nuclear deterrent, the Trident system, becoming an important issue in the general election campaign, Ben Clements investigates party supporters’ views over time towards nuclear weapons. He finds a general trend of declining support for Britain having her own nuclear weapons, with Conservative and UKIP supporters tending to stand apart from the other groups in holding positive views.

The general election campaign in […]

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    Foreign policy fault lines: defence spending, Trident and the EU

Foreign policy fault lines: defence spending, Trident and the EU

Foreign policy has not featured heavily in the political debates so far, but it does represent a key area of fault lines among the parties contesting the 2015 general election, says James Strong. With a high probability of a hung parliament, we can expect three issues to have a significant impact on coalition negotiations: overall defence spending, the Trident nuclear deterrent and […]

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    The Labour Party plans for ‘Progressive Internationalism’ if it returns to government

The Labour Party plans for ‘Progressive Internationalism’ if it returns to government

On Monday 2 February, Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander MP set out Labour’s foreign policy stall in an on-the-record speech at Chatham House. In this post, the LSE’s Chris Brown discusses the speech, and considers the role that disagreements over foreign policy might play in the event of a hung parliament.

The stated theme of Douglas Alexander’s recent speech was ‘Progressive Internationalism’ […]

The West must hit ISIS harder

The international community is nowhere near using the full range of its military capabilities and the UK Commons Defence Committee was right yesterday to call on the UK government to do more in the fight against ISIS, writes Ranj Alaaldin. With momentum shifting against the group, ISIS must not be allowed to repair and rebuild.

Twenty-one key countries leading the […]

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    The Good International Citizenship framework can be used to build an ethically-minded UK foreign policy

The Good International Citizenship framework can be used to build an ethically-minded UK foreign policy

The New Labour government committed to including an ethical dimension in UK foreign policy, but was criticised for failing to meet the standards it set out to achieve. In many ways the coalition government has sought to maintain New Labour’s commitment but has faced similar tensions. Jonathan Gilmore argues that foreign policy should reflect a balance between the government’s responsibilities to the […]

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    Attitudes towards Iraq and Afghanistan: British public opinion after a decade of war has implications for the viability of future missions

Attitudes towards Iraq and Afghanistan: British public opinion after a decade of war has implications for the viability of future missions

More than ten years later, it is clear that the British public have doubts about the objectives and success of the lengthy and often controversial Iraq and Afghanistan missions. Evident confusion, cynicism and doubts over the truthfulness of government sources regarding the purposes of past military action may have potential implications for the viability of UK involvement in future missions […]

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    National security planning should be an important part of any party’s preparations for government

National security planning should be an important part of any party’s preparations for government

Once prime ministers are elected they quickly find that international affairs take up much more of their time than they might have expected. A would-be prime minister’s plans for how to configure or reform the national security capacity is therefore hugely important. In this article, Joe Devanny and Josh Harris explore how the coalition government executed its plans to create a UK National Security […]

The First World War was a war of choice

A century ago, Britain entered into a war against Germany and its allies in what would become known as the Great War, with millions of young men from all sides killed. At the time discussion on whether to enter the war centred around ‘honour’, and its invocation worked: The erstwhile opponents of intervention – radicals and advanced liberals, labour politicians and trade unionists, feminists and […]

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