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Elysian fields

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/9780719081361.003.0008
Elysian fields

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The end of George W. Bush's regime, and its replacement by a new Democrat administration headed by Barack Obama, was hailed as a sign of positive directional change in the war on terror. Yet despite key areas of difference, continuities in the United States' policy remained apparent. The most significant of these centred on the war in Afghanistan. In Britain, where domestic support for the campaign remained weak, ministers continued to emphasise the national security imperatives of defeating the Taliban in an ever more forlorn attempt to justify the mission with reference to the fight against international terrorism. Alongside these events, domestic anti-terror measures, including a new counter-terrorism framework, also continued to feature strongly on the political agenda. On a similarly recurrent note, the government's attempt to foster a values-based approach to the war on terror was further undermined by controversy over Britain's role in its extra-legal practices. The political consequences of these various issues also proved to be substantial, helping to send New Labour down to a heavy defeat in the General Election of May 2010.

Keywords: war on terror; Britain; United States; Afghanistan; New Labour; national security; counter-terrorism; Taliban; George W. Bush; Barack Obama

Chapter.  11802 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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