British Foreign Policy and the Arab Spring

Philip Leech, Jamie Gaskarth

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The British government’s varied responses to the popular uprisings of the “Arab Spring” have been criticised for being inconsistent and/or selective. British actions ranged from providing substantial military support for the rebels in Libya to offering notably muted reactions to government suppression of protests in Bahrain. On assuming office, the new foreign secretary, William Hague, suggested that Britain would have a networked approach to foreign policy with a greater awareness of the bilateral interests that Britain had with other countries around the world. This analysis offers a provisional examination of the security, economic, and societal networks that Britain holds with states in the Arab world and, in doing so, tests whether these have any correlation with the British government’s policy towards protests in the region.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-160
Number of pages22
JournalDiplomacy and Statecraft
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 11 Mar 2015


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