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Professor Adrian Hyde-Price
Professor Adrian Hyde-Price

Press Release - 19 November 2007

New book looks at British foreign policy and the Church of England

A book co-edited by a University of Bath academic which looks at the role of the Church of England in British foreign policy will be published shortly.

Professor Adrian Hyde-Price’s work, British Foreign Policy and the Anglican Church, notes that while the Anglican Church has spoken out on domestic issues its views on international affairs have not been so strongly expressed.

The book looks at whether the campaign efforts of faith groups exert influence and guide the development of international policy, in particular in the areas of the use of force, arms sales, counter terrorism measures, overseas trade and debt.

“While the view of leaders within the Church of England are frequently canvassed during periods of national crisis, little attention has been devoted to finding out whether there are Church perspective on contemporary foreign policy issues,” said Professor Hyde-Price, who edited the book with Tim Blewett, Warden of Launde Abbey, near Peterborough, and Wyn Rees, Professor of International Security at the University of Nottingham.

The book, which will be published by Ashgate by Christmas, arose from a conference at Launde Abbey sponsored by the University of Leicester at which politicians, church leaders, academics and civil servant met, including Hilary Benn MP, International Development Secretary. The book is Professor Hyde-Price’s fifth major publication on international politics in Europe.

Professor Hyde-Price is addressing today (19 November) a workshop in Washington DC of the Atlantic Council of the United States, a US think tank, on the subject of “Britain Beyond Blair: the Implications for Transatlantic Relations”.

He will talk about the role of Britain in Europe and discuss Britain’s role as leader in EU security and defence policy; its role in NATO; and how Prime Minister Gordon Brown will balance Britain’s European and transatlantic security commitments.

The workshop was put together at the request of the US government, and brings together British and American policy-makers and analysts to discuss the future of the ‘Special Relationship’.

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