- Public diplomacy
- 9th January 2020
07 Jan Looking back on a decade of British foreign policy
Posted at 16:58h
in UK Perspectives, Uncategorized
by Flora Holmes
Britain began the decade fighting Gaddafi in Libya, championing a ‘liberal-internationalist’ foreign policy that had carried the nation since the end of the Cold War. It ends the decade with this ideal in tatters.
Then 2010s have seen the argument for ‘responsible interventionism’ lost. A botched intervention in Libya has left the nation state-less, with warring factions vying for control over oil-rich lands. The publication of the Chilcot Inquiry in 2016 confirmed what many already knew about the Iraq war – the reasons given for the invasion could not be justified by the evidence, and the lack of strategy for post-invasion Iraq left it open to the sectarian violence and extremism that dominates the nation to this day.
Whilst the interventions of the past were often ill conceived and mistaken, the backlash against it has..
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Alan Heil, publicdiplomacycouncil.org, February 22, 2019
In an essay entitled “The Middle East: Regional Disorder,” Columbia University Professor Lawrence G. Potter warns of the impact on global security of catastrophic developments in that troubled region. It’s a prime reason for U.S. and international public diplomacy [JB emphasis], in all its forms.Writing in the 2019 edition of the Foreign Policy Association’s annual Great Decisions series, Professor Potter reviews grim developments in four major Middle East countries, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Syria.Great Decisions is designed to stimulate discussion across the U.S. of citizens interested in current global issues.In a Great Decisions essay written late last year, the Columbia University scholar characterized the Middle East bluntly:“It remains a region in turmoil. A century after the map of the region was decided by colonial powers, states that never achieved coherence or legitimacy are failing.“There is a crisis in leadershi..
Dr. Walter Roberts delivers insights from his life as a youth fleeing Nazi Germany during WWII, joining the U.S. Information Agency, and serving as one of America’s most prominent public diplomacy practitioners and academics.