The fourth of our monthly podcasts, turning our attention with ever greater political precision to Corbynmania, Jacorbynism, #JezWeCan, or however you prefer to characterise the arrival of Jeremy Corbyn as Leader of the UK Labour Party. Since before his victory, Corbyn has been stalked by, and occasionally celebrated for, his views on international politics, from the crisis in Ukraine and associated Great Power rivalries to his views on Hamas and from the (non-)renewal of Trident to the UK’s future role in NATO. David Cameron, for one, has attempted to securitise Corbyn, repeatedly arguing that “the Labour Party is now a threat to our national security, our economic security and your family’s security”.
And so we ask: what is a leftist foreign policy? Is such a thing even possible? Should the left, in whatever form, be seeking to capture, remake or resist foreign policy? What do the wishlist strands of a left foreign policy look like? Lee, Meera and I are herded into some kind of order by Kerem, and joined by Chris Emery of the University of Plymouth. author of US Policy in Iran: The Cold War Dynamics of Engagement and Strategic Alliance 1978-81 and this post on the history of covert action in Iran.
As ever, consume, cogitate, argue, and share, share, share. Past and future casts are available on soundcloud.
Further resources, including articles discussed in the podcast:
- Lee, ‘Why Syriza Failed’
- John Mearsheimer, ‘Why the Ukraine Crisis is the West’s Fault’, Foreign Affairs
- Peter Oborne, ‘Corbyn will confront a bankrupt foreign policy’, Middle East Eye
- ‘Jeremy Corbyn’s Contradictory Foreign Policy’, Hands Off The People Of Iran
- Ralph Miliband, Parliamentary Socialism: A Study in the Politics of Labour (1961/1972)