Britain In The World

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General McMaster knows where the West went wrong, and can help President Trump make it right

Gabriel Elefteriu — Policy Exchange’s Britain in the World Research Fellow — analyses U.S. President Donald Trump’s newly named National Security Adviser Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster’s recent speech at Policy Exchange and what it tells us about his approach to the role may be
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Britain Flies into the Danger Zone: But the Risks of Getting Involved in Asia Are Worth It

Ahead of Policy Exchange's 'End of the Asian Century?' event on 19 January, Michael Auslin explains why sending HMS Queen Elizabeth into Pacific waters on its maiden voyage in 2021 will be symbolic of the UK's continuing global role
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It is High Time for a Fundamental Discussion on British Grand Strategy

Gabriel Elefteriu — Policy Exchange's Britain in the World Research Fellow — and Professor John Bew — Head of the Britain in the World project — consider the Government's first annual report on the 2015 National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence & Security Review (SDSR), concluding that, 'ultimately, being "global" is not simply about being "open", but also being "strategic", self-confident, and bold'
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The Fantasy of European Defence: An American Perspective

TS Allen — an officer in the United States Army, stationed in Korea — writes in a personal capacity for Policy Exchange's Britain in the World Project, warning against the "new concept of ‘European defence’"
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US-UK Relations: Reasons for Optimism

Professor John Bew — head of Policy Exchange's Britain in the World project — contends that, 'as 2016 draws to a close, there is good reason to believe that Trump’s victory may provide unexpected opportunities for the UK in what remains by far its more important relationship'
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Walter Russell Mead, leading American strategist, speaks at Policy Exchange immediately after the US election

On 10th November, Policy Exchange's Britain in the World project hosted Professor Walter Russell Mead for a briefing on US foreign policy under President Trump
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Watch: What Would Clem Do?

Video footage of this well-received, and exceptionally well-attended panel discussion, which took place on Tuesday 11 October. Addressing Labour's past and future, the event centred around 'Citizen Clem' — the new biography of Attlee, written by John Bew, head of Policy Exchange’s Britain in the World project.
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The fine line between détente and appeasement

Gabriel Elefteriu, Policy Exchange, Policy Exchange National Security Research Fellow, examines the shift in Europe's view on Russia.
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Eyes east: how China became a superpower

Professor John Bew, writing for the New Statesman, reviews 'Easternisation: War and Peace in the Asian Century' by Gideon Rachman.
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John Bew essay on the Chilcot Report

Professor John Bew essay, Head of Policy Exchange's Britain in the World Project, responds to the Chilcot Report.
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After Iraq: When to go to war?

After Iraq: When to go to war?

This lecture by Professor Nigel Biggar was delivered at Policy Exchange on 31 January 2017. The lecture reflects on some of the moral lessons we should and should not learn from the recent history of British military interventions abroad, in view of the challenges and dilemmas Britain is likely continue to face in the future. After Iraq, it asks, what are the circumstances in which Britain should go to war?

The Cost of Doing Nothing: The Price of Inaction in the Face of Mass Atrocities

The Cost of Doing Nothing: The Price of Inaction in the Face of Mass Atrocities

This report is based on work begun by Jo Cox MP (1974-2016) and Tom Tugendhat MP. It was completed by Alison McGovern MP and Tom Tugendhat MP

“There are few more complex questions than when to intervene overseas. Jo Cox was an inspirational humanitarian who cared deeply about preventing violence and protecting people around the world. It is a fitting part of Jo’s legacy that this paper will challenge politicians of all parties to consider how we can put such considerations at the heart of the decisions we take.” (Rt Hon Theresa May MP, Prime Minister.

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It is High Time for a Fundamental Discussion on British Grand Strategy

It is High Time for a Fundamental Discussion on British Grand Strategy

Gabriel Elefteriu — Policy Exchange’s Britain in the World Research Fellow — and Professor John Bew — Head of the Britain in the World project — consider the Government’s first annual report on the 2015 National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence & Security Review (SDSR), concluding that, ‘ultimately, being “global” is not simply about being “open”, but also being “strategic”, self-confident, and bold’

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After Iraq: When to go to war?

After Iraq: When to go to war?

Jan 31, 2017

This lecture by Professor Nigel Biggar was delivered at Policy Exchange on 31 January 2017, with a Vote of Thanks by Lt Gen Mark Carleton-Smith CBE, Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Military Strategy and Operations), on behalf of the Chief of the Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach GBE KCB

The Cost of Doing Nothing: The Price of Inaction in the Face of Mass Atrocities

The Cost of Doing Nothing: The Price of Inaction in the Face of Mass Atrocities

Jan 26, 2017

Former Prime Minister Rt Hon Gordon Brown launches Policy Exchange’s ‘The Cost of Doing Nothing’ report, which was started with Jo Cox, who believed ‘Britain must lead again’. Also joining us for this event, which was held at Policy Exchange on 26 January were Former Foreign Secretary Rt Hon Lord Hague (via recorded video message), Alison McGovern, MP for Wirral South, Tom Tugendhat, MP for Tonbridge and Malling and Professor John Bew, head of Policy Exchange’s Britain in the World project

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