The release of the only man convicted of the bombing of Pan-Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland in December 1988 is the most significant diplomatic decision taken by the Scottish government. The decision constituted a two-level process: the British government’s behaviour was characterised by commercial interests; and the Scottish governments by calculated compassion. Britain’s policy was steered by its national interest in securing Libya’s rehabilitation into international society and ensuring that British businesses could benefit. Scotland’s paradiplomacy shifted from a strategy of avoidance to one using the release to further the idea of an independent Scotland. Presenting the release in such a way was to bolster the idea of Scotland as a distinct entity with its own set of values, laws, and customs and possessing an ability to operate autonomously on the international stage.
|Number of pages||21|
|Journal||Diplomacy and Statecraft|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|