Professor Ashton tops three most popular LSE authors in The Conversation during October
Professor Nigel Ashton topped the list of most read LSE authors in The Conversation during the month of October. His article, released on 28 October, was the third most read article of that month with 3,107 reads. He wrote about “60 Years after Suez: A tale of Two Prime Ministers”, which compares Anthony Eden’s handling of the 1956 Suez Crisis and Tony Blair’s role in the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The Conversation is an independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community and delivered direct to the public.
Parallels between Anthony Eden and Tony Blair in The Conversation
Professor Nigel Ashton contributed a piece to The Conversation, titled “60 years after Suez: a tale of two prime ministers” (28 October 2016). In his post, Professor Ashton draws parallels between Anthony Eden’s handling of the 1956 Suez Crisis and Tony Blair’s role in the 2003 invasion of Iraq, from framing their struggles in existential terms to resorting to the United Nations to prepare the ground for war. Professor Ashton also pinpoints the discrepancies between both historical events, such as America’s intervention in the region and political consequences for both prime ministers. Read the full piece. The Conversation is an independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community and delivered direct to the public. The Conversation was launched in Australia in March 2011 and in the UK in May 2013.
Interview with LSE Research Highlights
Professor Nigel Ashton did an interview with Peter Carrol for the LSE Research Highlights (3 August) about his new article, "Taking friends for granted: the Carter Administration, Jordan and the Camp David Accords, 1977-80", to be published by Diplomatic History. In his article, Professor Ashton argues that the exclusion of Jordan from the Camp David negotiations meant a comprehensive peace settlement in the Middle East has proved elusive. Read the full interview.
Professor Nigel J. Ashton has published a new article in The International History Review (2015), called "Searching for a Just and Lasting Peace? Anglo-American Relations and the Road to United Nations Security Council Resolution 242". His article analyses the Anglo-American diplomacy at the United Nations which led to the passing of the Security Council Resolution 242. It argues that the policy-making of the Johnson administration was rendered incoherent by internal rivalries and disorganisation. US Ambassador to the UN, Arthur Goldberg, was perceived as excessively sympathetic to Israel by the Arab delegations. The British approach, by contrast, was perceived by all parties as more even-handed. The clear position adopted by Foreign Secretary George Brown on Israeli withdrawal from the occupied territories, together with the skilful diplomacy of the Ambassador to the UN, Lord Caradon, explains the British success in sponsoring Resolution 242. The episode holds broader lessons for the conduct of Anglo-American relations showing that Britain was better placed to achieve diplomatic success when it retained its freedom of manoeuvre in relations with the United States. If you have an LSE account, you can read the article for free.
Posthumous publication of Gonzalez Book edited by Professor Nigel Ashton
The department is pleased to announce the posthumous publication of Martín Abel González's book, The Genesis of the Falklands (Malvinas) Conflict: Argentina, Britain and the Failed Negotiations of the 1960s (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). Martín was a former International History PhD student who taught for many years in the Department. He tragically passed away in an accident in 2011. Professor Nigel Ashton, who has edited the book for publication, said 'I am delighted to see Martín’s work published so that other scholars can now benefit from his insight into the genesis of the Falklands/Malvinas conflict in the 1960s. This book serves as a fitting tribute to Martín’s outstanding scholarship'.