Uk Foreign Policy In The Uk

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1. Introduction
Liberalism in the twentieth century continue to be the most widely followed ideology, most of the states adhere to this ideology due to the benefits it comes with. However the following essay will discuss liberalism theory with specific reference to the United Kingdom’s (UK) foreign policy. The essay is divide into five parts, the first part will be the insightful discussion of the liberalism theory in detail, followed by the identification of the characteristics of liberal states. In the international relations, in order for one to understand states behaviour, then they must scrutinize states foreign policy. However it is better to start by understanding the concept foreign policy. The third part will define the concept of foreign policy, followed by identification of liberal foreign policy characteristics. The last part will be the analysis of the UK’s foreign policy. In simpler terms the aim of the essay is to prove whether or not, UK is a liberal state in terms of its foreign policy.
According to Kelly (2005: 5) on Albaster “liberalism should not be seen as a fixed and absolute term, as a collection of unchanging moral and political values but as a specific historical movement of ideas in the modern era”. According to Balaam and Dillman (2011: 53) “liberalism in broader term means liberty under law”. However according to the (internet: 2014) liberalism is a “political or social philosophy advocating freedom of the individual, parliamentary systems of government, nonviolent modification of political, social, or economic institution to assure unrestricted developmental guarantees of individual rights and civil liberties”. This entails how liberals believe in the entrenchment of power on s...

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...ith any other state instead they understand that states are subjected to international anarchy and are potentially aggressive (Badie et al 2011: 1436). Liberal state are peaceful, yet they are also prone to a war, from aggressive instincts of authoritarian leaders and totalitarian parties (Doyle 1986: 3), for example the threats from North Korea to South Korea.
4. Foreign Policy
According to Smith et al (2012: 2) on Carlsnaes, foreign policy “entails those actions which, expressed in the form of explicitly stated goals, commitments pursued by governmental representatives acting on behalf of their sovereign communities directed towards objectives, conditions and actors both governmental and non-governmental which they want to affect and which lie beyond their territorial legitimacy”.
5. Characteristics of the liberal foreign policy
6. United Kingdom’s foreign policy
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