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One Nation in the World: A new foreign policy for the left

New realities can offer new possibilities. This collection explores the choices, strategy and values that can guide the next Labour government.


The world has changed dramatically since Labour last won power in 1997. While Labour has been has been gradually assembling domestic policy ideas under its ‘one nation’ banner, the party has not yet managed to find a compelling voice on global issues.

To present himself as a credible prime minister in waiting, Ed Miliband will need to craft a story which makes sense of the world in which he will govern, as well as an aspirational account of what a Labour government might seek to do. This collection of essays explores the choices, strategy and values that can guide the next Labour government as it seeks to addresses the challenges of a new global agenda.

The combination of austerity’s impact on defence budgets, America’s pivot towards the Pacific, and the emergence of a multi-speed Europe with Britain on the periphery, is forcing a moment of choice on the British foreign policy establishment. The next Labour government can advance a distinctive and successful strategic position in international affairs by letting centre-left values more explicitly shape our diplomacy, development and defence policy.

With chapters by Olaf Boehnke, Ian Bond, Rachel Briggs, Malcolm Chalmers, David Clark, Rachael Jolley, Mark Leonard, Jessica Toale and Duncan Weldon.

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Marcus Roberts

Marcus Roberts is a former deputy general secretary of the Fabian Society.


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