Iran provides Boris Johnson’s first major security test: Is he up to it? –

British Foreign Policy Group Researcher, Flora Holmes, wrote for on the escalating tensions between the US and Iran, and examined the effect that British public opinion could have on Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s strategy.

“As has so often been the case with Western involvement in the Middle East – with Iraq, Syria, Libya, and most recently Iran – Britain finds itself toeing a difficult line between Europe and the US. Trump’s presidency has made treading this line trickier as his actions on the world stage are wild and unpredictable, with no clear strategy. Trump’s threat on Sunday to target Iranian cultural sites – a war crime under both the Hague and Geneva conventions – reiterated that fact.”