Anti-war activist Lindsey German

Tony Blair's ten years as the prime minister of Britain has come to an end. Gordon Brown, Britain's new prime minister, has vowed to learn from his predecessor's experience in Iraq.

Blair's alliance with the US administration brought him widespread criticism for changing the nature of Britain's Labour party and leading the British public into a highly unpopular war in Iraq.

Brown has acknowledged that mistakes have been made during the war. He has promised changes in Britain's Iraq policy along with domestic reforms aimed at reviving public confidence in the Labour party.

John Rentoul, a columnist for The Independent on Sunday and Blair biographer

Pledging to rethink Britain's Middle East policy, Brown has said future counter-terror strategy will focus on tactics other than the use of force.

Yet the incoming prime minister faces pressure to maintain Britain's close ties to the US administration, which is currently renewing offensives against alleged al-Qaeda militants in Iraq.

A change of leadership will also take place in the US next year. But could the possibility of a Democrat victory in next year's US presidential elections set in motion a new US-UK approach to Iraq?

Will Brown pull troops out of Iraq, or will he continue with the same policies?

In the wider region, will Brown's plan to accomplish a 'Mideast peace settlement' manage to take hold? And if so, how might this affect Iraq?

Joining Inside Iraq this week is anti-war activist Lindsey German and John Rentoul, a columnist for The Independent on Sunday and Blair biographer.

This episode of Inside Iraq aired from Friday 29 June 2007

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