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John Hulsman warns of Corbyn’s “dangerous” foreign policy.

John Hulsman speakerWriting for City Am, expert geopolitical speaker, John Hulsman, argues that Jeremy Corbyn, currently the front runner to win the Labour party’s leadership contest, is advocating foreign policies which are ‘simplistic’. Hulsman argues that all policy makers must accept that in an imperfect world, they must often work with the ‘least bad’ option.

In the context of Middle East politics, Hulsman criticises Corbyn’s support for Palestinian resistance to Israel. For all its mistakes, Isreal remains the ‘only democracy of note’ in an increasingly volatile region, and by far the strongest military power.  Only by maintaining our relationship with Israel does the West have any chance of reaching genuine peace in the Middle East.

Secondly, Corbyn aspires to distance the UK from its close alliance with the US on account of a number or foreign policy blunders since the Second World War. Again, Hulsman believes Corbyn is missing the bigger picture.  Despite mistakes, America has ‘kept the global peace for 70 years’, and when we compare it to other powers seeking global dominance – Hitler, Stalin or the Kaiser – America has been the only viable option over the last century as world leader. To turn its back on its closest ally, argues Hulsman, would only serve to harm the UK.

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“UK Foreign Policy: Not Going AWOL” says Director of Chatham House Robin Niblett

Robin Niblett speakerRobin Niblett, an expert on UK foreign policy, has argued that although the UK has been accused recently of stepping off the international stage, leaving Germany and France to run the show, Britain’s seeming lack of engagement “does not paint an accurate picture of the country’s overall foreign policy.”

Robin outlines three reasons for this. First, he believes that the government’s core priority is to rebuild the foundation of the UK’s long-term economic prosperity. Second, with British public opinion suffering more than most from intervention fatigue, the government are far more risk-averse than in the past. Finally, “all governments inhabit a world in which the exercise of national power to achieve external goals is exceedingly difficult, and all countries, Britain included, are currently more selective in where they put their effort.”

Nonetheless, Robin believes it’s important to note that “Britain still has the world’s fifth-highest defence budget, the sixth-largest economy, one of its two leading financial centers, and is the second-largest contributor of international financial assistance. It remains one of five permanent members of the UN Security Council and a nuclear power. Not bad for a country representing under one per cent of the world’s population.”

However, he also contends there are two serious worries for the future. First, “the government’s willingness to countenance a further decline in British defense spending”; and second, that “widespread ambivalence across Britain about the value of EU membership is undermining the capacity of British policy-makers to offer leadership within the EU at a time of unprecedented risk and uncertainty.”

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