The British Conservative Party, Iran, and the Persian Gulf: A New Era?

The British Conservative Party, Iran, and the Persian Gulf: A New Era?

Furthermore, even Europe is beginning to play a less significant role in the American Strategic Thought, for that matter. The United Kingdom has just completed the building of HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier, and HMS Prince of Wales will be the second Queen Elizabeth – Class aircraft construction for the Royal Navy. This demonstrates the more independent posture of the United Kingdom for its security, and the protection of her interest throughout the world, in general, and less dependence on the American Security umbrella. Thus, British policy towards the Persian Gulf, and the base in Bahrain in 2017 seem to be consistent with the Royal Navy’s more ‘masculine’ approach to its operational plannings.
Our experience in the Middle East is greater than the Americans. We should not therefore allow ourselves to be restricted overmuch by reluctance to act without full American Concurrence, and Support. We should finance our own policy in the light of our own interests in the area and get the Americans to support it to the extend we could induce them to do so.9
This is a typical foreign policy view expressed by the British Conservative Foreign Secretary, and then Prime Minister, Sir Anthony Eden on co-operation with the United States, in the Middle East. A view, in the, bedrock of British foreign policy, since WWII, until now, or the Anglo-American “Special Relationship.”10
The Persian Gulf, and the Middle East is in turmoil, and unstable. There are at least four or five civil wars going on in the area. Iran in the Middle East of 2015 has substantial influence to offer. Iran as a key strategic power in the Middle East, with its new rapprochement with the United Kingdom could assist to bring about stability, and security in the region. Bahrain itself where the United Kingdom will have her base, will be an example in point. It is needless to mention that had it not been for the Conservation administration’s efforts, to engage with Iran, the new Anglo-Iranian entente, would not have been forthcoming.11 Though the Conservations approach towards Iran, is also a consequence of a bigger picture. That is to say Western engagement with Iran, since 2013 to solve Irano-Western issues, which is a separate case, to this article.12
A London Teheran rapprochement could be an issue of a new bi-polar security in the new are of the twenty first century for the Persian Gulf, and the Middle East as a whole which could fill in the gradual American vacuum from the Middle East, which I referred to in this article.

 

Notes:
1. S.E, FiNER, Compartive Government. (Middle sex: Penguin, 2008), p. 164.
2. M. BELOFF, and G. PEELE, The Government of the United Kingdom. (London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2000), p. 154.
3. Ibid.
4. L. D. EPSTEIN, British Politics. (London: Pall Mall Press, 2004), p. 20.
5. See Ali-Reza Moussavizadeh, British Foreign Policy Towards Iran. With Special Reference to the Nationalisation of the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company, 1948-54. (The National Library of Wales, UK).
6. Ibid, also Ali-Reza Mossavizadeh, The British Political Elite, and the Ending of Empire: Safeguarding British Interests. With Special Reference to 1945-63. (The National Library of Wales, U.K.)
7. Ibid.
8. Ibid.
9. PRO, London, CAB 128/29 CM 34(55) 4th October, 1955.
10. Ali-Reza Moussavizadeh, Warming Up of Anglo-Iranian Relations in a Changing Middle East. (www.ranreview.org)
11. Ibid. Also see 10.
12. Ibid., and Iran: A Traditional, and Vital Strategic Asset for the West in the 21st Century. By the same author in Iran Review.

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