Chapter Two: Defence and security policy
“The purpose of all war is peace.” Saint Augustine (354-430)
One of the key aims of government is to protect national interests internationally. The British Government’s primary agency for achieving this is the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) whose role is “to promote British interests overseas and support our citizens and businesses around the globe”. This takes priority over narrower defence and security needs but is very strongly linked to them. Britain exerts influence, through the activities of its FCO, primarily by diplomacy and membership of numerous international organisations such as the UN, EU and the G20 (a group of countries with large economies).
Global developments, such ...