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Introduction

Steven Kettell

in New Labour and the New World Order

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780719081361
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702499 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719081361.003.0001
Introduction

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Launched by the United States in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the overarching objective of the war on terror was to advance a wide-ranging project of geo-strategic reordering designed to extend and enhance U.S. global dominance. This book explores the course of British foreign policy since 1945; considers the centrality of the U.S. special relationship to New Labour's geopolitical strategy; examines the utility of ‘new imperialism’ as a conceptual framework for analysing contemporary international affairs; considers the underlying dynamics of the war on terror, the rise of New Labour in Britain, and the emergence of radical Islamic terrorism during the 1990s; looks at the events surrounding the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq; discusses New Labour's domestic anti-terror strategy and its response to the increasingly prominent theme of radicalisation following the terrorist attacks in Madrid and London; describes the transition from the final period of Tony Blair's rule and the initial phase of Gordon Brown's tenure as Prime Minister; and charts the final demise of New Labour in the General Election of 2010.

Keywords: New Labour; war on terror; United States; foreign policy; terrorism; new imperialism; Britain; Afghanistan; Iraq; radicalisation

Chapter.  2067 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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