A dangerous new era in British foreign policy: Talk at Stop the War annual conference

by Mark Curtis What an extraordinary time this is: Surely the most dangerous era since the new cold war of the early 1980s when the US elected a neocon madman as President. How times change. I’ve been studying British foreign

Why protests against Trump should be widened to change current UK foreign policy

by Mark Curtis I completely support the protests and opposition to Trump. At the same time, the British government in its foreign policy is now operating outside of any serious democratic control, and is: promoting covert wars in seven countries

DFID’s dangerous new Economic Development Strategy

DFID yesterday published its Economic Development Strategy.[1] There’s a lot of fine-sounding rhetoric in the document and, on paper, it contains some progressive policies in the area of traditional foreign aid. But these are completely overshadowed by the UK’s global

Burying the Myth of New Labour’s “Ethical Foreign Policy”

By Mark Curtis An edited extract from Web of Deceit: Britain’s Real Role in the World The “ethical dimension” to foreign policy announced by new Labour in 1997 was played up by the media, who dubbed it the “ethical foreign

Contributing to Genocide in Rwanda

By Mark Curtis An edited extract from Web of Deceit: Britain’s Real Role in the World In the hundreds of media articles on the 1994 Rwanda genocide, there is barely a mention of Britain being a permanent member of the

UK support for Gulf rulers, 1969

Michael Stewart, Foreign Secretary to Secretary of State for Defence, 21 March 1969 ‘As of course you know it has been our policy to assist local forces in the Persian Gulf where they have come into being. We have done

Britain’s Trade and Aid Policies After Brexit – Neo-liberalism Goes Mad

By Mark Curtis Published in the Huffington Post, 6 December 2016 A picture is emerging of likely British trade and aid policies towards developing countries after Brexit. That picture is just as disturbing as two other likely consequences of Brexit

Dreaming of Empire? UK Foreign Policy Post-Brexit

Report written by Mark Curtis for Global Justice Now. To read the PDF version go here. November 2016 Since the EU referendum on 23 June, many people have theorised on what the consequences for British foreign policy might be. Some

Diego Garcia – Removing People from History

This is an edited extract from Web of Deceit: Britain’s Real Role in the World by Mark Curtis   “The object of the exercise was to get some rocks which will remain ours”(Foreign Office, 1966) November 3rd 2000 should be

British plans to overthrow the Syrian government, 1956-7

This is an edited extract from Secret Affairs: Britain’s Collusion with Radical Islam by Mark Curtis   In 1956–7 there were at least two Anglo–American plots which planned to overthrow governments in Syria; although neither was ultimately carried out, the