The UK’s 83 military interventions around the world since 1945

The British military has used or threatened to use military force much more in the postwar world than is conventionally remembered or believed. Declassified has documented 83 interventions by the UK armed forces since 1945, in 47 different countries. The most striking of the British uses of force have been the overt invasions or armed […]

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USAF B-1 Bombers at the air base on Diego Garcia. (Photo by: Pictures From History/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

Britain’s occupied territory

Jagdish Koonjul, the Mauritian ambassador to the UN, last month raised his country’s flag on the Chagos archipelago – what Harold Wilson’s Labour government of 1965 named the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT), in a flagrant breach of international law. At a stroke, all the rights of the inhabitants – human, economic, civil – were […]

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Explainer: Is the UK a rogue state? 17 British policies violating domestic or international law

British foreign secretary Dominic Raab recently described the “rule of international law” as one of the “guiding lights” of UK foreign policy. By contrast, the government regularly chides states it opposes, such as Russia or Iran, as violators of international law. These governments are often consequently termed “rogue states” in the mainstream media, the supposed […]

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