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A Very British Tilt

Policy Exchange has convened a distinguished international Indo-Pacific Commission of current and former political leaders, military leaders, and thought leaders to help frame the scope of what a new UK strategy in the Indo-Pacific should be. Chaired by Rt Hon Stephen J Harper, the 22nd Prime Minister of Canada, Policy Exchange’s Indo-Pacific Commission represents the UK, Canada, the US, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, India, Sri Lanka and Indonesia. Each commissioner brought their particular expertise and experience to the Commission’s discussions and drafting, and this report reflects a broad consensus of views on Britain’s role in the Indo-Pacific region.

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Policy Exchange hosts the Colin Cramphorn Memorial Lecture

Policy Exchange was delighted to welcome Matthew Pottinger, Deputy National Security Advisor to the President of the United States, for the first of two Colin Cramphorn Memorial Lectures this year. He delivered his lecture, titled “The Importance of Being Candid: On China’s Relationship with the Rest of the World”, in Mandarin, speaking of a “new consensus” in the US, which bridges political divides and unites the whole of society, on the threat posed China’s “technologically enhanced totalitarianism”. Watch the speech here.

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Shinzo Abe and Japan’s Strategic Reset

On Friday 28 August 2020 Japan’s longest serving Prime Minster, Shinzo Abe, announced that due to deteriorating health conditions he had to step down. During his tenure, Abe arguably conducted the most significant strategic reset of Japanese foreign and security policy since the 1950s. This paper reviews how Abe brought about such changes and why these matter to the UK. Experts have already started to examine different aspects of Abe’s policy reforms, their shortcomings, and their impact in the foreseeable future. This paper benefits from this literature – which includes fair criticisms of Abe’s reforms but it also agrees that their most significant legacy rests on a strengthened international outlook. Yet, the paper seeks to draw specific attention to why and how Abe’s Japan should be a case of particular relevance to the UK.

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India’s ASAT test

India thinks space power status requires offensive military space capabilities – and may be right

Linking space power with offensive capabilities reflects wider trends in global strategic affairs.

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Strategic Map

Net Assessment for the MOD: Implementation is Key

Net Assessment is a tremendous opportunity for a strategic renaissance – we must get it right from the beginning

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RT @ClaireCoutinho It’s been a privilege to work with @Policy_Exchange on this and to see @AbeShinzo endorse our work today. 🇯🇵 🇬🇧 🇨🇦 🇦🇺 🇮🇳 🇸🇬 🇺🇸 Britain has a major role to play as the Indo-Pacific enters a new era thetimes.co.uk/artic…

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RT @ClaireCoutinho It’s been a privilege to work with @Policy_Exchange on this and to see @AbeShinzo endorse our work today. 🇯🇵 🇬🇧 🇨🇦 🇦🇺 🇮🇳 🇸🇬 🇺🇸 Britain has a major role to play as the Indo-Pacific enters a new era thetimes.co.uk/article/britai…

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