• John Fisher
  • Effie Pedaliu
  • Richard Smith


On the eve of his departure from office in July 2016, Prime Minister David Cameron declared that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) was now much more commercially minded than it was when he came to power.1 ‘Six years ago’, he said, ‘I gave some very clear instructions to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. To our diplomats and our staff overseas I said: you are also our trade envoys. To our embassies and high commissions I said: you are the shop windows for Britain.’2 Back in 2010 the British Government declared that it intended to lead the country out of recession through an export led recovery, with British foreign policy becoming more commercially focused and British diplomats playing a role in facilitating this export drive.3 One of the FCO’s three foreign policy priorities, along with safeguarding the UK’s national security and supporting British nationals abroad, was to build the UK’s prosperity by increasing exports and investment, opening markets, ensuring access to resources and promoting sustainable global growth.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • John Fisher
    • 1
  • Effie Pedaliu
    • 2
  • Richard Smith
    • 3
  1. 1.University of the West of EnglandBristolUK
  2. 2.London School of EconomicsLondonUK
  3. 3.Foreign and Commonwealth OfficeLondonUK

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