Key Foreign Policy Issues
The Mission of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office is to promote the national interests of the United Kingdom and to contribute to a strong world community. The following 'key issues' in British foreign policy have been prepared for users of the website, including statements of British policy and a tailored 'latest news' page on each individual subject. Why not bookmark the sections which interest you most, or personalise the site to highlight these areas?
- Africa Factbook
British Policy. Country Profiles. Sierra Leone: Attempts to Restore Peace. Western Sahara: Moving The Peace Process Forward. Useful Links.
- Asia Pacific Region
Profiles of countries in the region.
Country Briefs. Stability Pact for SE Europe. Useful Links.
- Britain and the European Union
‘Your Britain Your Europe’. Facts, not Myths. Institutions. Member States and Applicants. Policies. Publications. Relations with the rest of the world. Your say.
- Britain, China and Hong Kong
Background Briefs for China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Six monthly reports.
Commonwealth Day. Commonwealth Games. Shared values. Towards shared prosperity. Diverse community. 50 Years of the London Declaration. Commonwealth debate.
- Drugs and International Crime: Tackling the Threat
Co-ordinating the international drugs and crime efforts. Tackling the major drug threats. The tools to implement the strategy. The UK's law enforcement network. International organised crime: tackling the threat.
Information on Funds and Initiatives. Biodiversity. Climate Change. Environmental Security. EU and Multilateral work. Sustainable Development. Useful links.
- Falkland Islands
Brief Overview. Constitutional Status. Contacts with Argentina. Economy & Natural Resources. Geography & History. Security. Sovereignty. Visits to the Falkland Islands.
- Global and regional organisations
Commonwealth. Council of Europe. European Union. NATO. OSCE. United Nations.
- Global Economic Issues
Information about the global economy, including: Globalisation; Global Citizenship; International Organisations; Global Citizenship; the FCO Economics Essay Competition.
- History Notes
Foreign Office 'Released Papers'. Locarno 1925: Spirit, suite and treaties. Nazi Gold. Report on Britain's Accession to the EC. The FCO: Policy, People and Places. The Zinoviev Letter. Women in Diplomacy.
- International Coalition Against Terrorism
Aghanistan country profile. Muslims in the UK. The future of Afghanistan. World Consensus and Response to the terrorist attacks. Responsibility for the terrorist atrocities.
- International Security
Arms Control and Non-Proliferation. European Security and Defence Policy. Strengthening NATO in its Modern Role. The International Fight against Terrorism. Useful links.
- Latin America and the Caribbean
About LACD. BBC World Service. British Council. Caribbean Forum. Country Briefs. Development Assistance. Drugs. Environment. Human Rights. Rio Declaration. Useful Links.
- Middle East Peace Process
Frequent questions and answers. Historical background. Recent policy issues.
- Promoting the UK
British Council. FCO Information Centre. Information kiosks. Millennium Festival open days. Planet Britain 2000. Scholarships. Working with Foreign Journalists. World Service.
- Public Forum
Interactive fora on key foreign policy issues. Archived debates: The G8 Summit in Genoa; The Nice Treaty. The future of the Commonwealth. The EU Stockholm Summit.
- Relations with Iraq
Recent and forthcoming events. Fact Sheet. Oil for Food contracts. UNSCR 1284: A New Way Forward / Key Provisions. UNSCR 1352: Proposed Changes. The Iraqi Regime's Record. Human Rights. Relevant links.
- United Nations
Background information on the UN. Drugs & terrorism. Emergency assistance. Human rights. International Criminal Court. International law. Millennium Summit. Peace & security. Sustainable development. The UK commitment. The UK's stake in the UN. Useful addresses.