- January 04, 2019
As a schoolboy studying for my History O’Level, I once memorized the British Foreign Secretary George Canning’s famous 1826 dictum: ‘I called the New World into existence to redress the balance of the Old.’
At the time I was never exactly sure what it meant, but I understood that it had something to do with the ‘informal...
- September 07, 2011
In public British governments often argue that Britain’s foreign policy is dictated by moral and ethical considerations. Privately, British officials operate according to very different concept of statecraft and the national interest in which morality is generally placed on hold. Occasionally it is possible to glimpse this discrepancy. Consider the following document that...