Head of Foreign Policy and UK Resilience
Sophia Gaston is a foreign policy analyst and a researcher focused on strengthening the resilience of mature liberal democracies in the 21st Century. Her research explores how best Britain can advance its core strategic interests, respond to the rise of authoritarian states like China and Russia, and reinvigorate its closest alliances. Sophia has pioneered influential social research on foreign policy public opinion in the United Kingdom, and has authored several major studies on the integration of domestic and international policy agendas. Sophia most recently spent three years as the Director of the British Foreign Policy Group. She is a Research Fellow at the LSE and an Academic Fellow at the European Policy Centre.
The UK’s departure from the European Union has shaped decisions that both parties have made in their defence and security planning and provision over the past three years. While the foreign policy relationship was kept out of scope of the core Brexit trade negotiations, both the UK and the EU now stand as more sophisticated and empowered security actors than in 2016. This in part reflects the grave deterioration of […]