In the wake of its active involvement in the 2003 Iraq war, Britain’s traditional policy of acting as a ‘bridge’ between the US and the EU in relation to Middle Eastern strategic affairs has been severely criticized by those who would like to see Britain adopting a more wholehearted European orientation. This paper argues that such a shift would not bolster Britain’s influence and that ‘bridging’ remains the most constructive approach. However, Prime Minister Blair’s grandiose vision of ’bridging’ as securing Britain’s position as a pivotal power at the crux of alliances and international politics is completely unrealistic.

'British Policy towards the Middle East' BESA Perspectives 11, 2005

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