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Britain's real foreign policy and the failure of British academia

Curtis, Mark (2004) Britain's real foreign policy and the failure of British academia. International Relations, 18 (3). pp. 275-287. ISSN 0047-1178

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    Abstract

    This article argues that the reality of Britain's foreign policy is very different than usually presented by academics. In most analyses within the 'mainstream', the goals espoused by policy-makers themselves are generally taken seriously and tend to set the framework of academic analysis. This means that criticism is usually within very narrow parameters and regularly ignores whole policies. Curtis argues that British academics have categorically failed to document rigorously the formerly secret planning records in the National Archives. He reveals from his research the secret record of British policy in a number of countries, including Iran, Kenya and Indonesia before considering foreign policy under Blair. He argues that Britain is a systematic violator of international law and a persistent condoner of human rights abuses.

    Item type: Article
    ID code: 1381
    Notes: This essay is extracted by the authors from their book Market killing. What the free market does and what social scientists can do about it. London: Longman, 2001
    Keywords: Blair, Britain, Diego Garcia, foreign policy, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, Malaya, Russia, Rwanda, international law, academia, Great Britain, Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration, Social Sciences (General), International law, Political Science and International Relations
    Subjects: Political Science > Political institutions (Europe) > Great Britain
    Political Science > Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
    Social Sciences > Social Sciences (General)
    Political Science > International law
    Department: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > Geography and Sociology
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    Depositing user: Strathprints Administrator
    Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2006
    Last modified: 04 Sep 2014 12:11
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/1381

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