Britain In The WorldA Policy Exchange Project
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.
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?
Making Sense of British Foreign Policy After Brexit argues that the UK should use Brexit as an opportunity to adopt a more proactive global foreign policy, enhance its defence profile, and re-imagine relations with key allies.
Last week, Chuka Umunna spoke to Chatham House in a much-needed intervention on the state of British foreign policy.
In recent years, the British foreign policy debate has not kept up with the pace of global political and economic change. For that reason alone, there was much to commend in Umunna’s sense of urgency. To adapt to the challenges of the twenty-first century, as he put it, “we need to look ahead and develop a proper national strategy on the basis of a clear understanding of what our interests are”.
National Security Fellow Gabriel Elefteriu responds to the launch of the Government’s new paper on UK-EU security and defence cooperation after Brexit. The paper is a welcome starting point in efforts to improve the “mood music”, given recent acrimony in Brexit negotiations. It is right to stress areas of common interest with the EU27 and the UK’s vital role in European security, which is likely to continue for many years. However, there are still questions to answer about the proposed “deep and special relationship” with the EU, and how this is to be squared with renewed efforts to reinvigorate the NATO alliance.
Britain in the World Research Fellow Gabriel Elefteriu discusses further implications of the North Korea crisis, noting that there is “no historical precedent for the present crisis, and attempting to apply ‘lessons’ from the past is extremely dangerous in these circumstances.” War “could be catastrophic in material and geopolitical terms, with incalculable evolutions and consequences” but the crisis is likely to force the US to devote even more resources to the Pacific, with consequences for its strategic posture in other parts of the world.
Policy Exchange’s Director Dean Godson appeared on the BBC’s Daily Politics program on 25th May. He discussed the extremism prevention policies put forward by recently released party manifestos
Policy Exchange’s paper ‘The UK and the Western alliance: NATO in the new era of realpolitik’ has been included in a reading list by the European Parliament Research Service
Writing for CapX, Professor John Bew, Head of Policy Exchange’s Britain in the World Project, concludes that Britain was right to bet on America
This event was held at Policy Exchange on Tuesday 6th September 2016 and featured Shiraz Maher, leading expert on Islamist extremism and Tom Holland, acclaimed historian and author. With an introduction by Lord Evans of Weardale KCB, former Director General of MI5
Policy Exchange hosted Dr Geoff Raby, one of the most pre-eminent trade negotiators in the world, a former Australian Ambassador to China and to the World Trade Organisation; Hon Alexander Downer, Australian High Commissioner to the UK; and Sir Lockwood Smith, High Commissioner of New Zealand to UK
Policy Exchange launched “Britain in the World”, examining the long-term future of British national security policy. The project will be launched by the Secretary of State for Defence, Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP.