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A road well travelled

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/9780719081361.003.0006
A road well travelled

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The context for Britain's role in the war on terror shifted significantly during the course of 2006. As conditions in Afghanistan and Iraq continued to deteriorate, the government's strategies in both theatres underwent considerable adjustment. While the military campaign in the former was dramatically expanded as part of an effort to combat the ongoing resurgence of the Taliban, officials in Iraq began to emphasise a tentative move towards withdrawal. This created tensions with Washington, whose strategic approach had now embraced a large-scale troop surge designed to quell the ever-rising violence of the insurgency. Events elsewhere in the region also had a dramatic impact. In particular, the outbreak of war between Israel and Lebanon led to a critical weakening of Tony Blair, with his unyielding support for the United States' position hastening his eventual departure from office. Under Gordon Brown, however, similarities with the previous regime remained clear. In particular, the new administration refused to accept any causal role for foreign policy in the threat from international terrorism.

Keywords: war on terror; Britain; United States; Afghanistan; Iraq; Tony Blair; Gordon Brown; terrorism; Israel; Lebanon

Chapter.  11948 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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