This authoritative book examines British policy in the Middle East, focusing on how Britain’s response to 9/11 – particularly the decision to join the US invasion of Iraq – has affected its role and relations in the region. <ul type="disc"> <li>Establishes what was ‘new’ about the New Labour approach and policies towards the Middle East <i>and</i> what changed as a result of 9/11 and the ‘war on terror’ <li>Analyses in detail how the Blair government handled the Iraq crisis, invasion and fallout, including developments in relations with Iran <li>Documents Britain’s ‘niche’ role in the Middle East peace process. <li>Argues that arms sales, trade and finance bind Britain to the Arab Gulf states <li>Traces Britain ’s involvement in US–regional security arrangements </ul>
"Hollis analyses British participation in the 'war onterror', contending that New Labour failed to understand thelessons of the past and radically altered UK-Middle East relations.She argues that by involving itself in a failed Americanenterprise, Britain tarnished its global reputation."(Survival, December 2010-January 2011)
'A wonderful and fascinating contribution to ourunderstanding of Britain's place in the morass created by9/11. This is the first work to set these current events in theirtrue historical context. An absolute must for anyone wishing tounderstand the UK's role in the wider Middle East, placedfour-square within the story of our journey from Empire toconflicted transatlantic European power.'
--Jon Snow, Newscaster, Channel 4 News
'Rosemary Hollis combines breadth of vision withpainstaking attention to detail in this comprehensive analysis ofNew Labour and the Middle East. Anyone who wishes to understand thecomplexities of the region and the impact on British foreign policyof our relationship with the United States need look nofurther.'
--Sir Menzies Campbell MP, former leader, LiberalDemocrats
'This account of Britain's role in the Middle East underNew Labour is a well-written and significant contribution to ourunderstanding of the modern Middle East. It not only sheds light onthe Blair government's involvement in Arab-Israelipeacemaking and the post-9/11 'war on terror', but alsoenhances our understanding of EU involvement and US leadership.Required reading for anyone seeking to understand how events haveunfolded in the region in the past ten years.'
--Yossi Alpher, former director, Jaffee Center forStrategic Studies
'From her unique vantage point at the intersection ofgovernment, academia, civil society and London's diplomaticcorps, Dr Hollis incisively dissects Britain's relations withthe Middle East under New Labour as well as Blair's path to war inIraq. This is as close to a definitive account as we are going toget for some time.'
--Tarak Barkawi, Senior Lecturer, Politics andInternational Studies, University of Cambridge
Hollis is one of those rare scholars rooted in the history andpolicy-making process of her country yet capable of putting herselfin the shoes of the people at the receiving end. In this richlydocumented and lively account of British policy in the Middle East... she provides an insightful analysis of a pattern ofdecision-making that is sadly not unique to Britain, in whichexperts are marginalized, regional complexities are treated as anuisance and the policy is framed to defend certain interests andquestionable values rather than respond to realities. Her critiqueis ... implacable and severe.
--Dr Bassma Kodmani
Chapter 1: Historical Background: Stages in the Relationship.
Chapter 2: New Labour Worldview and the Middle East.
Chapter 3: New Labour: New Policy-Making Process.
Chapter 4: Britain?s Role in the Peace Process: 1997 to 2001.
Chapter 5: The Road to War in Iraq.
Chapter 6: Reaping the Whirlwind: the Fallout from the Invasion of Iraq for British Relations across the Middle East.
Part I: Inside Iraq.
Part II: Around the Region.
Chapter 7: Realpolitik and the Peace Process after 9/11.
Chapter 8: Still Flying the Flag: Britain and the Arab Gulf States.
Chapter 9: Conclusions.
Series: Chatham House Papers (Chatham House)
Number Of Pages: 218
Published: 22nd March 2010
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.61 x 15.24 x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1