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Where’s the strategy?

For the first time in centuries postwar Britain has no grand strategy. Ian Davidson fears that it will now be forced to follow Franco-German preferences

By Ian Davidson   May 1997

British politicians love to tell us about Britain’s leading role on the international stage. But the reality is that Britain has not been master of its fate this past half century; its place, and its role, have been framed by two factors over which it has had no control: the rise and fall of the cold war and the policies of the US.

Why pick on Britain? The whole world has been subject to these two factors. The difference between Britain and most of its partners in Europe, is that the latter have devoted longterm efforts to trying to shape…

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