Britain: balancing 'instinctive atlanticism'
Contemporary Security Policy, 26, (3), . (doi:10.1080/13523260500500930).
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This article highlights four key aspects of British ballistic missile defence policy. These are, first, the Anglo-American connection; second, the participation in American-led ‘coalitions of the willing’; third, the role of NATO; and, fourth, the role of the defence industry. These four factors operate inside a strategic culture of ‘instinctive Atlanticism’ coupled with a Europeanist trend in recent years. Developments in the United States are likely to be more influential in British policy than missile proliferation. An American offer of BMD coverage of the UK homeland, perhaps as part of the American system, might be attractive, but the lack of a strong pro-missile defence constituency in Britain, other than in the defence industry, probably means that it is only in this context that London would make such a decision.
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