If the Integrated Review is to succeed, the government will need to demonstrate through actions, rather than words, that it is able to coordinate interdepartmental activities and support key programmes.
The need to build national resilience against acute shocks and longer-term threats is acknowledged in the UK government’s latest policy review. Diverting resources to this purpose is now the real challenge.
With its emphasis on strong research, development, production and support capability within the UK, the long-awaited Defence and Security Industrial Strategy paper released on 23 March constitutes the foundation for the credibility of the government’s overall vision of a Global Britain.
As the UK considers an engagement strategy with the Indo-Pacific after Brexit, the Supply Chain Resilience Initiative offers a chance to build a free-trade bloc amongst ‘like-minded nations’ and deepen strategic ties in the region.
Realising a new approach to Beijing following the Integrated Review will require policymakers to acknowledge the significant historical baggage that comes with policy design in this area. Avoiding these pitfalls will be integral to ensuring a clear-eyed strategy for China.
A new report by RUSI suggests that links made between the illegal ivory trade and terrorism in East Africa are vastly exaggerated. This has diverted attention from the real threat of organised crime...