British Foreign Policy and the National Interest

Identity, Strategy and Security

  • Timothy Edmunds
  • Jamie Gaskarth
  • Robin Porter

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

    1. Jamie Gaskarth, Robin Porter, Timothy Edmunds
      Pages 1-20
  3. Britain in the World

  4. Whose National Interest?

  5. Strategy and Planning

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
    2. Alexander Evans
      Pages 137-154
    3. Benoît Pelopidas, Jutta Weldes
      Pages 155-170
    4. Timothy Edmunds
      Pages 171-187
  6. Conclusion: A Return to the National Interest?

    1. Timothy Edmunds, Jamie Gaskarth, Robin Porter
      Pages 225-234
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 235-267

About this book


Whose interests does British foreign policy serve? Is the national interest a useful explanatory tool for foreign policy analysts? This interdisciplinary collection responds to these questions exploring ideas of Britain's national interest and their impact on strategy, challenging current thinking and practice in the making of foreign policy.


Foreign policy Britain policy British nationalism strategy identity security complexity culture foreign policy imperialism planning Policy resilience

Editors and affiliations

  • Timothy Edmunds
    • 1
  • Jamie Gaskarth
    • 2
  • Robin Porter
    • 1
  1. 1.University of BristolUK
  2. 2.School of GovernmentPlymouth UniversityUK

Bibliographic information