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Whilst Brexit dominates the election campaign, Syria moves into the shadows

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General elections are intriguing times in British politics. Parties make headlines with spending commitments, their leaders are constantly on the airwaves hammering home their message and the public are treated to a never ending array of sound bites about various policies. “Get Brexit done” and “For the many not the few” are amongst the most well-known. That being said however, foreign policy has played a remarkably low key role within the context of the general election. And whilst some may claim that this is a “Brexit election”, Brexit is arguably even more a domestic issue than a foreign policy one.

There has been very little focus on international hotspots and troubled regions around the world and what the UK government – as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council – would do about these troubled regions. The specter of the Iraq War in 2003 haunts British foreign policy and the controversy it stirred and its subsequent legacy mean that our engagements and relationships beyond the island are critical. There are moral reasons to think about such hot spots as well as historical ones.

Foreign policy cannot be fully extricated from domestic policy. What has happened within the Syrian conflict........

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