Institute for European Defence and Strategic Studies
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The Institute for European Defence and Strategic Studies (IEDSS) was set up in London in 1979 to study political change in Europe and to assess its impact on strategic and defence issues. It was particularly concerned with those developments which affected the Western Alliance. It was founded by Peter Blaker MP (later Lord Blaker), Ray Whitney MP and Stephen Haseler. According to Tom Easton the Institute had a marked anti-left tendency::
- "Haseler was not only a member of the SDP, but a founding member of the Social Democratic Alliance which preceded it. An academic who, as a London councillor, had become a vociferous critic of changes within the Labour Party in the Seventies, Haseler had spent some time at the third big Washington think-tank, the Heritage Foundation. With its money he had helped set up in London the Institute for European Defence and Strategic Studies, a forceful and well-resourced foe of both the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and the Labour Party in the Eighties."
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- Tom Easton Who were they traveling with? - SDP: The Birth, Life and Death of the Social Democratic Party Ivor Crewe and Anthony King Oxford University Press, 1995, £25, Lobster 31