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The Blair IdentityLeadership and Foreign Policy$
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Stephen Benedict Dyson

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780719079993

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719079993.001.0001

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Postwar Iraq

Postwar Iraq

(p.132) 7 Postwar Iraq
The Blair Identity

Stephen Benedict Dyson

Manchester University Press

Tony Blair's foreign policy following the invasion of Iraq continued to display the features of a high perceived degree of influence over events, certainty in the framing of issues, and the use of tightly held decision-making processes, coupled with a determined closeness to the United States. Blair's room for manoeuvre was quite narrow during this late period of his prime ministership—having staked his career on Iraq and involved the British state in a war against the better judgment of much of the domestic political scene, he would have found it very difficult to recant the decision or resile from its consequences. The dynamics that had emerged in the run up to war—an eager prime minister seeking to rationalize and multilateralise US policy without having a very compelling hand to play—continued into the postwar phase. The extent to which Iraq had damaged Blair's standing in the UK, but conversely had strengthened his core foreign policy convictions, was manifest in the summer 2006 Israel–Hezbollah war.

Keywords:   Tony Blair, Iraq invasion, United States, foreign policy, Israel–Hezbollah war

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