British Foreign Policy

The Prospect Podcast #92: Tony Blair’s foreign policy, with Steve Bloomfield

Learning from the Iraq War

July 31, 2019
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What does Tony Blair himself make of the Blair doctrine? When the former prime minister outlined his case for intervening in Kosovo in 1999 at the Chicago Economic Club, he unveiled a bold new internationalist doctrine—one that sought to meld liberal values with a strong interventionist arm.

Twenty years on, deputy editor Steve Bloomfield met Tony Blair to discuss the contested legacy of the Blair doctrine. In this week's episode, he talks to arts and books editor Sameer Rahim about interviewing Blair. What, if anything, has the former prime minister learned from his adventures abroad, and should we expect Boris Johnson to dig liberal interventionism out from its grave?

You can read Steve Bloomfield’s profile of Tony Blair and review of the Blair doctrine here.

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