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Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a visit to BAE Systems to mark the publication of the Integrated Review and the Defence White Paper.

The Integrated Review: The UK as a Reluctant Middle Power?

Malcolm Chalmers
Occasional Papers, 31 March 2021
UK Integrated Review 2021, UK, National Security, UK Defence
In the third of a series of reflections on UK foreign policy, Malcolm Chalmers looks at the government’s Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy.

As the first major cross-government review that includes an extended discussion of foreign policy, the Integrated Review has made significant progress in attempting to develop a coherent narrative on the UK’s role in the world. However, it remains reluctant to acknowledge the extent of the challenges the UK faces, and references to the country’s ‘superpower’ and ‘leading’ roles underplay the hard choices which, as a strong but vulnerable middle power, it needs to make. This paper analyses some of those key choices.

BANNER IMAGE: Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a visit to BAE Systems to mark the publication of the Integrated Review and the Defence White Paper. Courtesy of PA Images / Alamy Stock Photo.

Malcolm Chalmers
Deputy Director-General

Professor Malcolm Chalmers is Deputy Director-General of RUSI and directs its growing portfolio of research into contemporary... read more

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