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Britain against the world? foreign and security policy in the 'age of Brexit'

Hadfield, A. (2018) Britain against the world? foreign and security policy in the 'age of Brexit' In: Brexit and Beyond: Rethinking the Futures of Europe. UCL Press, London, pp. 174-182. ISBN 978–1–78735–277–3

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Few events demand a wholesale reset of key policies. But Brexit is one of them. The foreign policy challenges arising for both Britain and its European partners are considerable. Foreign policy is something of a paradox. Scholars are taught about the long-standing axioms of statehood, and schooled in the age-old verities of conflict and cooperation. Pragmatic policies, as Kissinger reminds us, ‘must be based on some fixed principles in order to prevent tactical skill from dissipating into a random thrashing about’ (Kissinger 1994, 98). Policymakers, however, operate on rather less fixed requirements of cost– benefit analysis and strategy construction, often requiring swift changes in the practice of statecraft.

Item Type: Book Section
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Politics
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Date : 29 January 2018
DOI : 10.14324/111.9781787352759
Copyright Disclaimer : Text © Contributors, 2018. Images © Contributors and copyright holders named in the captions, 2018. This book is published under a Creative Commons 4.0 International license (CC BY 4.0). This license allows you to share, copy, distribute and transmit the work; to adapt the work and to make commercial use of the work providing attribution is made to the authors (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work). Attribution should include the following information: Martill, B. and Staiger, U. (eds). 2018. Brexit and Beyond: Rethinking the Futures of Europe. London: UCL Press. DOI:
Uncontrolled Keywords : Brexit; Europe; European integration; Politics
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Date Deposited : 20 Feb 2019 08:35
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