Recording: Truss’s Strategic Tightrope: Balancing Euro-Atlantic and Indo-Pacific Agendas

A panel discussion on the rebalancing of the UK’s foreign and security policy agenda in the wake of planned increases to defence spending and a revaluation of the 2021 Integrated Review.

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UK Prime Minister Liz Truss’s first major announcement on defence and security was to confirm a reassessment of the 2021 Integrated Review to ‘ensure the UK's diplomatic, military and security architecture is keeping pace with evolving threat posed by hostile nations’. As part of this update, the balance between the ‘tilt’ to the Indo-Pacific and the defence of the Euro-Atlantic – particularly following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, NATO’s New Strategic Concept and a pledge to increase UK defence spending despite the economic downturn – will have to be defined.

In the second of our four-part webinar series on the future of Indo-Pacific security, RUSI International Security Director Dr Neil Melvin sits down with Senior Research Fellow for the Indo-Pacific Veerle Nouwens and Research Fellow on European Security Edward Arnold to discuss how the UK can balance its interests and resources between the two regional agendas. They will look again at last year’s Integrated Review and address how it should consider the events of the past 12 months.


Dr Neil Melvin

Director, International Security

International Security

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Ed Arnold

Research Fellow, European Security

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Veerle Nouwens

External Author | Former RUSI Senior Research Fellow, Asia-Pacific

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