By Rosemary Hollis
This authoritative booklet examines British coverage within the heart East, concentrating on how Britain’s reaction to 11th of September – really the choice to hitch the united states invasion of Iraq – has affected its position and relatives within the area.
- Establishes what was once ‘new’ concerning the New Labour method and regulations in the direction of the center East and what replaced because of September 11 and the ‘war on terror’
- Analyses intimately how the Blair govt dealt with the Iraq problem, invasion and fallout, together with advancements in kin with Iran
- Documents Britain’s ‘niche’ function within the heart East peace procedure.
- Argues that hands revenues, exchange and finance bind Britain to the Arab Gulf states
- Traces Britain ’s involvement in US–regional safeguard preparations
Chapter 1 historic history: levels 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 position within the Peace strategy: 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 method 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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Extra resources for Britain and the Middle East in the 9/11 Era
77 The French came third in the line-up, but they did not operate so closely with the American forces as the British. Arab contingents were valued more for their political significance than military contributions and in any case declined to enter Iraqi territory when action was launched. At the end of the war the US and coalition force presence was rapidly drawn down. 78 With allied assistance the Kurds were then able to establish an autonomous area in the north, but the no-fly zone in the south had less value to the predominantly Shia population there, who suffered terrible reprisals for their attempted uprising against the Iraqi regime in the immediate aftermath of Desert Storm.
With respect to energy resources, however, Britain was near a turning point. 8 million barrels per day and thereafter fell gradually as reserves depleted. 2 Returns slid thereafter as prices also dropped. Price increases in the late 1990s gave a temporary reprieve but by May 2004 returns on exports were down to £206m. In June 2004 the line was crossed and Britain became a net oil importer again. By 2005 it had also become a net importer of natural gas. In his book about British foreign policy-making John Coles, former Permanent Secretary at the Foreign Office, sought to characterize Britain’s overall status in the global system at the end of the twentieth century.
10 Britain’s capacity to undertake military operations overseas unilaterally was already very limited. 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’.
Britain and the Middle East in the 9/11 Era by Rosemary Hollis