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.
In a major policy speech on nuclear issues, Prime Minister Gordon Brown recently suggested that Trident could be placed on the international negotiation table should there be a serious move towards multilateral disarmament. If such a gambit were to succeed, it would require something more than a leap of faith in trust.
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.
Does the approach of the current German government to defence exports represent a shift away from the restrictive political principles for the export of military equipment established in January 2000? (Free access)