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    UK influence after Brexit: the Commonwealth should be seen as a network, not as an excuse

UK influence after Brexit: the Commonwealth should be seen as a network, not as an excuse

Portraying the Commonwealth as a group of trading partners who share similar values and that will bolster the UK’s influence and prosperity after Brexit is at best delusional, writes Fred Carver. He argues that while the Commonwealth can be used as a diplomatic network in certain cases, it should not be used as a catch-all excuse for trade […]

April 14th, 2018|Brexit, Featured|6 Comments|
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    Who cares about Africa? British and American conservatisms in African development

Who cares about Africa? British and American conservatisms in African development

Stefan Andreasson examines how the Republican and Conservative parties dealt with African development since the late Cold War era. He explains why American input has been more prominent, while the British have come to resign themselves to a managed decline in relations with Africa.

Who cares about Africa? Does political ideology inform whether or not such care exists and how […]

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    The politics of national security: how safe would an independent Scotland be?

The politics of national security: how safe would an independent Scotland be?

What are the security considerations to keep in mind when debating for or against Scottish independence? Although independence is unlikely to pose an existential threat to Scotland, there are still important issues to consider – despite being given little attention in public debates. Andrew Neal draws on the book ‘Security in a Small Nation’ (free to download) to outline […]

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    An English Foreign Policy: Little England or Little Britain?

An English Foreign Policy: Little England or Little Britain?

If the UK were to break up then how might a post-UK England relate to the rest of the British Isles, Europe, and the wider world? Will the end of the UK produce a reduced and angry ‘Little England’ or might continuity prevail and the world find itself dealing with a ‘Little Britain’? Tim Oliver considers some of the […]

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    In 2017 and beyond, the UK-US Special Relationship will be caught between a Trump Rock and a Brexit Hard Place

In 2017 and beyond, the UK-US Special Relationship will be caught between a Trump Rock and a Brexit Hard Place

Donald Trump’s forthcoming presidency poses uncomfortable questions for Britain about the future of the UK-US ‘Special Relationship’. As Tim Oliver and Mike Williams argue in a new LSE IDEAS Strategic Update, that even the core elements of the relationship look set to be strained mean Britain is likely to find itself caught between a Trump Rock and a Brexit […]

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    Left out in the cold: Brexit, the EU and the perils of Trump’s world

Left out in the cold: Brexit, the EU and the perils of Trump’s world

The UK is a world leader on foreign policy – but it is not at all clear how it can maintain that influence outside the EU, says Karen E Smith. States like Iceland and Switzerland tend to defer to the EU because they lack sufficient heft on their own. The EU itself will suffer from Brexit. But, paradoxically, Donald […]

Interpreting foreign policy through discourse analysis

The study of foreign policy has always contained a healthy focus on how cognition and psychology impact on the beliefs of foreign policy actors. Here, Oliver Daddow explains how published data by and about those actors can be used to interpret the beliefs that underpin decisions taken on behalf of the state by leaders and elites.

Foreign policy is difficult […]

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    Jeremy Corbyn’s views on British defence policy lie far outside the mainstream

Jeremy Corbyn’s views on British defence policy lie far outside the mainstream

In this article, James Strong examines Jeremy Corbyn’s track record on foreign policy and defence issues. His views, particularly regarding Russia and action against ISIS, clearly place him at odds with the electorate.

The first important point to make when studying Jeremy Corbyn’s foreign and defence policy views is that no-one yet knows how far he will try to impose them on […]