By Rosemary Hollis
This authoritative ebook examines British coverage within the heart East, targeting how Britain’s reaction to September 11 – rather the choice to hitch the U.S. invasion of Iraq – has affected its function and relatives within the zone.
- Establishes what was once ‘new’ concerning the New Labour technique and guidelines in the direction of the center East and what replaced because of 11th of September and the ‘war on terror’
- Analyses intimately how the Blair govt dealt with the Iraq challenge, invasion and fallout, together with advancements in kin with Iran
- Documents Britain’s ‘niche’ function within the center East peace approach.
- Argues that fingers revenues, exchange and finance bind Britain to the Arab Gulf states
- Traces Britain ’s involvement in US–regional safeguard preparations
Chapter 1 ancient 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 method (pages 50–69):
Chapter four Britain's position within the Peace technique: 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 kin around the heart East (pages 107–134):
Chapter 7 Realpolitik and the Peace strategy after 9-11 (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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11 Thereafter, worries about ‘overstretch’ became a constant refrain among senior military figures. In the 1990s Britain was perhaps the only one of America’s closest allies with the ability to communicate and hence integrate with it in operations involving the most sophisticated US communications technology. Yet this status points to a key consideration in the so-called ‘special relationship’. 12 The United States worked against Britain’s efforts to preserve its imperial possessions after the Second World War, and Washington humiliated the British over the Suez débâcle in 1956 (see Chapter 1).
The displacement of Palestinians from what became the Israeli state marked the beginning of the Palestinian refugee problem, which endures to this day. In 1952 members of the Egyptian officer corps toppled the king and with him Britain’s informal rule, opening the way for Colonel Gamal Abdel Nasser to assume the presidency of Egypt and leadership of a vibrant Arab nationalist movement across the region. The British perceived this as a challenge to their control of the Suez Canal. When Nasser subsequently nationalized this strategic asset, much depended on the position of the Americans, who were anti-imperialist on principle, but whose main concern was containment of the Soviet Union and its influence.
British companies are busy right across the Middle East … transferring technology, creating jobs and spreading prosperity … Our governments are working together to ensure that all our economies benefit. We have been active in the Euromed Process between the EU and our Arab neighbours, and which has set itself the ambitious aim of building a free trade area by the year 2010. indd 40 17/12/2009 15:01 New Labour Worldview and the Middle East Cook gave examples of the role of British companies in individual countries, including Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.