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.
- 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
Britain & Hong Kong. Basic Law & Joint Declaration. Continuing responsibilities. Six-monthly reports. China Background Brief.
- 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.
- History Notes
Foreign Office 'Released Papers'. Locarno 1925: Spirit, suite and treaties. Nazi Gold. Report on Britian's Accession to the EC. The FCO: Policy, People and Places. The Zinoviev Letter. Women in Diplomacy.
- 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
Britain and the MEPP. An ongoing process. MEPP timeline. Practical UK assistance.
- 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. Forthcoming debate (19-30 March): the EU Stockholm Summit. Archived debates: The Nice Treaty. The future of the Commonwealth.
- Relations with Iraq
Frequently Asked Questions. Luxury Imports. Saddam City. UNSCR 1284: The Way Forward. Progress on Implementation. Relevant links.
- The Commonwealth
50 Years of the London Declaration. Commonwealth Games. Commonwealth under review. Diverse community. HM The Queen. Links. Shared values. Towards shared prosperity. Commonwealth debate.
- The Western Balkans
Country Briefs. Stability Pact for SE Europe. Useful 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.