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The reshuffle and foreign policy

By Tom Nuttall  

In the immediate aftermath of the cabinet reshuffle, most of the discussion seems to revolve around what the appointment of David Miliband as foreign secretary—who has made critical remarks about Israel’s conduct in Lebanon last summer, and who is widely supposed to have deep misgivings about Britain’s role in Iraq—will mean for British foreign policy. In terms of “giving signals,” however, the appointment of Mark Malloch Brown—on which more later—as foreign office minister for Africa, Asia and the UN seems even more provocative; as deputy secretary-general of the UN, Malloch Brown made himself a hate figure in the US last…

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