The events of 11 September 2001 (hereafter 9/11) intensified debates about the UK’s role in global politics. To what extent had UK foreign policy helped shape a world order that could produce such acts of terrorism? How closely should the UK align itself with the US in their aftermath? What roles should the UK play on the world stage and what values should guide it? What and who was UK foreign policy for? This study aims to contribute to these debates by offering a critical analysis of the foreign policies pursued by Tony Blair’s Labour government during its first two terms in office between May 1997 and May 2005.


European Union Foreign Policy International Criminal Court World Order North Atlantic Treaty Organisation 
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© Paul D. Williams 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul D. Williams
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  1. 1.University of BirminghamUK

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