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British Foreign Policy: Maximising Influence in an Uncertain World

British Foreign Policy: Maximising Influence in an Uncertain World

“Pragmatism over sentiment, economic interests over ideology, and shared interests over isolationism have tended to characterise the UK’s relations overseas. British foreign policy strategies can be conceptualised as three typologies, as detailed below.”


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UN Report on UK Austerity

UN Report on UK Austerity

‘Prof Philip Alston, an expert in human rights law and rapporteur on extreme poverty, visited locations across the UK to assess levels of poverty and the effect that austerity still has on the lives of the average Brit.’ Imogen analyses the UN’s findings.


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Head to Head: Trident

Head to Head: Trident

“Trident came into the UK’s possession in the early 1980’s as a replacement for the Polaris missile system; it consists of submarines, missiles and warheads. The logic behind this is to deter a nuclear attack on the UK due to the threat of mutually assured destruction.” Sam Jacobsen and Joe Monk go Head to Head.


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A People's Vote, Put Simply

A People's Vote, Put Simply

Given the high level of uncertainty surrounding Brexit negotiations, some within political circles and the public are calling for a ‘People’s Vote’. This is essentially a second referendum, although it is not being cast in these terms. Joseph Monk explains.


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The War in Yemen, Put Simply

The War in Yemen, Put Simply

Years of political instability in the Middle East’s poorest country culminated in the outbreak of civil war in 2015 and has resulted in the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. Why do the struggles in Yemen continue to rage on, and is the UK complicit in the situation?


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Historical Reflections: The Major Era

Historical Reflections: The Major Era

“Historically, John Major will be looked upon kindly by the UK electorate as one of our great post-war Prime Ministers. He may not have had the charisma or dynamism of a Thatcher or Blair, but his considered and balanced approach to governance ensured significant outcomes.” Hugh Dollery analyses the premiership of John Major.


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UK Arms Exports to Saudi Arabia, Put Simply

UK Arms Exports to Saudi Arabia, Put Simply

'“Everything we do is in our British national interests.” These were the words of Theresa May, last year, when attempting to provide a decisive justification for the UK’s ever controversial ‘special relationship’ with Saudi Arabia. Yet for many, these words ring hollow given the vast and continual reports of human rights abuses by a Saudi regime, which appears to share very little in common with the perceived values and interests of the United Kingdom.' Read more here. 


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