Britain and the Middle East in the 9/11 Era by Rosemary Hollis

By Rosemary Hollis

This authoritative ebook examines British coverage within the center East, concentrating on how Britain’s reaction to September 11 – really the choice to affix the U.S. invasion of Iraq – has affected its position and family members within the sector.

  • Establishes what used to be ‘new’ concerning the New Labour method and regulations in the direction of the center East and what replaced because of 9-11 and the ‘war on terror’
  • Analyses intimately how the Blair govt dealt with the Iraq hindrance, invasion and fallout, together with advancements in family with Iran
  • Documents Britain’s ‘niche’ function within the heart East peace method.
  • Argues that hands revenues, alternate and finance bind Britain to the Arab Gulf states
  • Traces Britain ’s involvement in US–regional protection preparations

Chapter 1 old historical past: phases within the dating (pages 5–29):
Chapter 2 New Labour Worldview and the center East (pages 30–49):
Chapter three New Labour: New Policy?Making strategy (pages 50–69):
Chapter four Britain's function within the Peace procedure: 1997–2001 (pages 70–85):
Chapter five the line to struggle in Iraq (pages 86–106):
Chapter 6 Reaping the Whirlwind: The Fallout from the Invasion of Iraq for British relatives around the center East (pages 107–134):
Chapter 7 Realpolitik and the Peace technique after Sep 11 (pages 135–157):
Chapter eight nonetheless Flying the Flag: Britain and the Arab Gulf States (pages 158–178):
Chapter nine Conclusions (pages 179–184):

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On both the international and the domestic front this meant economic liberalization, while always working for ‘a level playing field’. 8 The CBI argued that Britain should not only capitalize on the opportunities afforded by globalization, but work through the relevant international bodies, starting with the WTO, to refine and reform the rules by which all countries could enjoy the benefits of free trade. This meant that Britain was not only predisposed to use its membership of the WTO, G8 and OECD to promote its interests, it was now also selfconsciously a global player.

Thereafter the administration of President Bill Clinton assumed the lead in the resulting ‘Oslo Process’, and acted as mediator in Israeli–Syrian negotiations. indd 28 17/12/2009 14:59 Historical Background: Stages in the Relationship Blair government, therefore, was to identify a distinctive contribution for Britain to make to the peace process, as is described in Chapter 4. On this and other issues, the New Labour government initially acted as though Britain had succeeded in putting the past behind it and was ready and able to assume a new role on the global and regional stage.

For the duration of the Cold War the Soviet Union competed with the US for influence and backed the Arab republics of Syria and Iraq, as well as the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), against the Israelis, while Washington became the latter’s principal defender. indd 19 17/12/2009 14:59 Britain and the Middle East in the 9/11 Era Struggling to adjust On 15 October 1964 a Labour government took office in Britain for the first time in 13 years, pledged to revitalize the ailing domestic economy, champion new technological developments, cut defence expenditure and rationalize foreign commitments.

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