From outright ignorance to devious calculation, the coalition's mixed motives have left its foreign policy open to criticism in its first 100 days. Dark undercurrents of domestic party politics might be to blame.
Both David Cameron and Nick Clegg recognised, very early on, the need to integrate Lib Dem ministers across the government. Influence is critical and the liberal scattering of ministers across departments dealing with international affairs was designed to help. But in foreign policy the recipe is not quite working. Lib Dem influence is virtually absent on the world stage, while on Europe and Trident it remains highly questionable. The extent to which Britain's third party succeeds in influencing the country's global stance is critical in a vital period of changing diplomatic and military stances. The stakes are high - for the country as well as the parties which seek to govern it.
A 'grand strategy' foreign policy
At its biggest scale, the most importantRead More »from Coalition’s first 100 days: Foreign policy