The End of Intervention? Implications of the Syria Vote for UK Foreign Policy
Chair: Dr Robin Niblett, Director, Chatham House
With no end in sight to the conflict in Syria, and with a decade of foreign entanglements drawing to an end, this roundtable will consider the longer-term implications of the House of Commons vote in August 2013 for the UK’s future capacity to engage in military intervention.
To what extent did the parliamentary vote reflect the distinct circumstances of the Syria case, or a more general shift in popular and political attitudes toward intervention?
Has the vote affected the way allies – particularly the US and France – view the UK’s international role? To what extent has it changed perceptions of Britain more broadly, including in Russia and the Middle East?
Under what circumstances could a British government legitimately deploy military force without Parliament’s consent? Has the vote created a constitutional convention requiring parliamentary approval before military action can be taken?