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Published: 01 January 2019

292 Pages

6.14 x 9.21 inches

ISBN: 9781474437950

Bookseller Code (06)

Learning from the History of British Interventions in the Middle East

First Edition

Louise Kettle

Published by Edinburgh University Press

  • Interrogates whether the British government has learned anything from its interventions in the Middle East, from the 1950s to 2016
  • Reveals the relationship between history and policy in No 10, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Ministry of Defence and across the intelligence community
  • Exposes the tensions between government departments over crucial foreign policy decisions
  • Draws on documents obtained through over 30 Freedom of Information requests, including reports from the Gulf and Iraq wars, documents from the Joint Intelligence Committee after Suez and Policy Planning documents from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • The author conducted interviews with current and past officials from the Foreign Office, Ministry of Defence and the intelligence agencies, including diplomats, Ambassadors, research analysts, service personnel, members of the JIC, MoD lessons teams, official historians and witnesses to the Iraq Inquiry