The UK is ‘back East of Suez’, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson declared earlier this month. However, while the British government is making the engagement with the Arab Gulf states a centrepiece of its foreign policy, Germany is also looking to strengthen its relationships in the region, albeit more cautiously and with less fanfare.
An independent, government-commissioned report to inform Britain’s national shipbuilding strategy makes very pertinent recommendations, but it fails to bridge the divide between economic considerations and operational requirements.
In preparation for its 'Defence in the Round: The United Kingdom’s Needs, Priorities and Resources' conference, RUSI releases a discussion paper posing twenty key questions about the UK's national military strategy.
The latest evolution of the UK government’s mechanism for funding work on fragile and conflict-affected states offers some improvements on its predecessor – provided it can retain a truly integrated approach