Three Core Elements Of Tony Blair's Interventionism

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Three core elements of Tony Blair’s 10-year tenure were an activist philosophy of 1. ‘Interventionism’ 2. Preserving the strong alliance with the US 3. and positioning Britain at the heart of Europe. Whereas the ‘special relationship’ and the Britain’s role in Europe have been central to British foreign policy since World War 2, interventionism is arguably a new element. The advent of this interventionist policy was triggered by the 1999 Kosovo war. At the same time he made he made his now famous ‘Chicago speech’, which unveiled a ‘doctrine of the international community’. The events of 11th September 2001, however created a context in which the emerging concept of ‘humanitarian intervention’ was affected by the perceived imperatives of the ‘war on terror’. According to a close ally and former Home Secretary David Blunkett, is that “he’s interventionist.” while Chris Smith, another former cabinet minister, agrees that Blair’s philosophy can be “characterized as a duty to intervene, even when the direct interests of the UK are not being threatened.” Blair also realizes, according to Lord Guthrie, the head of the British armed forces from 1997-2001, “that the world is a dangerous place and that if you do absolutely nothing, it is likely to get more dangerous.” A French official, also noted that, “there is not a single problem that Blair thinks he cannot solve with his own personal engagement – it could be Russia, it could be Africa”. Though well intended, Blair’s
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