The UK’s First National Security Strategy: A Critical and Selective Evaluation

Gregory, Frank (2008) The UK’s First National Security Strategy: A Critical and Selective Evaluation. Elcano Newsletter (47). 7 p.. ISSN 1698-5184

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Abstract

In March 2008 the Prime Minister presented in Parliament the National Security Strategy of the United Kingdom, a plan that includes counter-terrorist and civil contingencies dimensions. The UK’s first National Security Strategy (UK NSS, published in March 2008) which covers what are now recognised as the much expanded inter-connected domains of internal and external security is critically reviewed as a belated response to the ‘new security agenda’ (Buzan, 1983). The analysis uses Edwards (2007) set of key questions as a framework to examine prioritisation, inter-agency response integration, risk awareness and management, response leadership and accountability. The analysis notes that, despite the breadth of issue coverage in the UK NSS, the strategy is currently very heavily weighted in both focus and content detail towards the counter-terrorism strategy (‘Contest’) both as a priority issue area and as offering transferable ‘best practice’ to some non counter-terrorist (CT) issue areas. This ARI paper will, first, highlight the CT aspects of the NSS, secondly, identify the wider but related civil contingencies aspects of the NSS and, thirdly, focus on issues of UK NSS implementation and accountability.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Estudio sólo disponible en inglés
Uncontrolled Keywords: Seguridad y Defensa
Subjects: INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION > INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS > DEFENCE POLICY.
ECONOMIC POLICY; SOCIAL POLICY; PLANNING > ECONOMIC POLICY; PLANNING > STRATEGIC PLANNING
Divisions: Real Instituto Elcano, RIE
Depositing User: Jorge Horcas Pulido
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2012 00:05
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2012 00:05
URI: http://biblioteca.ribei.org/id/eprint/1474

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