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Thinking ahead : David Cameron, the Henry Jackson Society and the British Neoconservatives.

Dodds, K. and Elden, Stuart (2008) 'Thinking ahead : David Cameron, the Henry Jackson Society and the British Neoconservatives.', British journal of politics and international relations., 10 (3). pp. 347-363.


The Conservative party under David Cameron's leadership has embarked on a series of foreign policy initiatives which appear to revise the political right's traditional reluctance to interfere in third-party conflicts with no obvious British interest. This article looks at whether this shift is substantial through an examination of Cameron's and William Hague's foreign policy pronouncements. Its particular focus is to discuss whether the Henry Jackson Society, a group of academics, parliamentarians and journalists, is exercising any influence over Conservative party foreign policy discussion. Finally, we consider how critics including individuals associated with the Henry Jackson Society have evaluated Cameron's and Hague's tentative interventionist convictions. It is suggested that the notion that idealism in foreign policy has to be conditioned by realism is actually a reworking of Blair's foreign policy, especially when applied to overseas intervention.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Published by Blackwell on behalf of the Political Studies Association.
Keywords:Conservative party, Foreign policy, David Cameron, William Hague.
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Date deposited:13 October 2010
Date of first online publication:August 2008
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