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    International reactions to the Scottish referendum

    The referendum on whether Scotland should become an independent country will be held on 18 September 2014. This article reflects on the evolution of foreign governments’ attitudes towards the referendum since its confirmation in October 2012, and on their expectations should a ‘yes’ vote result.

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    William Walker

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    Complexity, strategy and the national interest

    British strategy-making has been subject to a sustained critique in recent years, from parliamentarians, retired members of the armed forces and scholars of strategic studies.

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    Timothy Edmunds

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    The uncertain merger of values and interests in UK foreign policy

    How should ethics and values relate to the British national interest? The idea that ethical commitments to distant non-citizens should occupy a position within British foreign policy was a controversial element of Labour’s foreign policy during the early part of their 1997–2010 tenure.

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    Jonathan Gilmore

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    The First World War and the transformations of the state

    Scholars of the First World War have long recognized the critical role played by the state in leading, organizing and managing the mobilization of belligerent societies, and the state’s transformations have testified to the impact of industrialized warfare.

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    Pierre Purseigle

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    An improvement on colonialism? The ‘A’ mandates and their legacy in the Middle East

    Was the mandate system in any sense an improvement on colonialism? To the extent that the period of foreign rule was rather short in comparison with other colonial regimes, one can perhaps say that it was. On the other hand, however high-minded its stated aims, the mandate system was a product of the imperial framework of its day, in which the white races were regarded as superior to the brown or black races.

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    Peter Sluglett

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    Learning from the past: the relevance of international history

    This article is based on an inaugural lecture for the Stevenson Chair in International History, given at the London School of Economics (LSE) in October 2012.

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