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The high wire act: A comparison of British transatlantic foreign policies in the Second World War and the war in Iraq, 2001-2003

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Simon TateORCiD


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Drawing upon ideas from critical geopolitics, this paper compares the role that the British government plays within the contemporary transatlantic alliance with that played by Churchill's government during the Second World War. It argues that the Blair government's approach to foreign policy has parallels with Churchill's - that it should act as a bridge between the US and European governments. From this basis the paper reflects upon geopolitical change since 1945, re-evaluating the reasons for foreign policy failures during the Iraq War. Belying the assumption that these were caused by Blair's failures at diplomacy, it argues that failure was the result of an outdated geopolitical strategy. © Journal compilation © 2009 Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers).

Publication metadata

Author(s): Tate S

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Area

Year: 2009

Volume: 41

Issue: 2

Pages: 207-218

ISSN (print): 0004-0894

ISSN (electronic): 1475-4762

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.


DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-4762.2008.00861.x


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