Professor Jason Ralph discusses the disclosure of talks between Blair and Bush on Iraq

The government’s argument – that publishing the records of these kinds of conversations would harm UK diplomacy, and especially its relations with the US – is understandable.

Jason Ralph, Professor of International Relations, writes an article discussing the restricted publication of the talks between Blair and Bush over the Iraq War and its impact on the Iraq Inquiry.

The article, entitled ‘If we don’t see Blair exchanges with Bush, we’ll never know the truth about Iraq’, comments on the ‘inconclusive evidence’ that the Inquiry is currently presented with and the potential of the Blair-Bush talks in answering a crucial question to the investigations: did Blair give military commitment to the US prior to the Resolution of the UN Security Council?

Ralph also explores a number of possible circumstances surrounding Blair’s decision to go to war based on the evidence presented to the Inquiry.