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Brown's war

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/9780719081361.003.0007
Brown's war

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The United States' abandonment of a new imperialist strategy in favour of a military surge in Iraq was not only ambiguous in its effects, but clashed with the divergent move towards a military withdrawal that was now being pursued by the New Labour government. Uncertainty over the status of Britain's mission in Iraq was also reflected in growing confusion over the nature of the military campaign in Afghanistan, public support for which was now in steady decline. With his political fortunes facing a similar challenge, Prime Minister Gordon Brown turned to the issue of national security as a means of bolstering his leadership credentials. In particular, this focused on a new round of anti-terror legislation, central to which was a renewed attempt to extend the period of detention without charge for terrorist suspects. Being driven to a large degree by political concerns, the new proposals, along with renewed controversy over ministerial complicity in extra-legal measures, did little for the credibility and coherence of the government's ‘values-based’ approach to the war on terror.

Keywords: war on terror; Britain; United States; Afghanistan; Iraq; Gordon Brown; New Labour; national security; anti-terror legislation; detention

Chapter.  12054 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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