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Britain’s defence policy and relations with NATO in the period of Flexible Response 1967-1989

White, K. (2017) Britain’s defence policy and relations with NATO in the period of Flexible Response 1967-1989. In: Lebedeva, O. V. (ed.) Public Diplomacy in Russia and Foreign Countries. Aspect Press. ISBN 9785756709346

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Abstract/Summary

As Britain’s divested itself of Empire, the focus of its defence policy moved from worldwide responsibility to one focussed on Europe and the threat from the Warsaw Pact. During the Cold War, Britain’s defence White Papers repeatedly stated that NATO was, “…the linch pin of British Security [and] should remain the first and overriding charge on the resources available for defence…” and was, “ …fundamental to the defence of the United Kingdom…” This chapter deals with British conventional defence policy and its relationship to NATO after the adoption in 1967 of the strategy of Flexible Response (nuclear policy having been covered in details by others.) Did the British Government support fully the strategy adopted by NATO through its actions, or merely through its words?

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Politics, Economics and International Relations > Politics and International Relations
ID Code:80595
Publisher:Aspect Press

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