The cost of doing nothing


The report examines the history of British intervention – militarily and from a humanitarian perspective – arguing that it has been an irreducible part of British foreign and national security policy for over two hundred years. It says that while the recent lessons of Iraq and Afghanistan must be learned, a retreat from playing a proactive role in world affairs heightens the risk of further global instability. Jo Cox (a former humanitarian worker) and Tom Tugendhat (a former soldier) originally intended to publish this paper in July 2016 to coincide with the delayed Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq war. However, Jo’s murder on 16th June 2016 led to the paper being put on hold; Jo’s colleague Alison McGovern stepped in to finish the report.

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