Friday, 12 December 2008

What are the key issues in Foreign Policy?

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean described - in one succinct sentence, the key questions of foreign policy -

"what is happening in other people’s countries and
how much we intervene through the encouragement of some,
the criticism of others,
or, frankly, direct action when we feel the need"

It would be hard to better this useful summary.
Baroness Symons served as a Minister for eight years; including six in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and two in the Ministry of Defence.