Policy Exchange hosts the Colin Cramphorn Memorial Lecture
Oct 28, 2020
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.
On Wednesday, October 28, Policy Exchange hosted Dr Kurt Campbell, former United States Assistant Secretary of State, and architect during the Obama administration of the “pivot” to Asia, for the second Colin Cramphorn memorial Lecture in 2020 on “The Future of the Indo Pacific”. Watch the speech here.
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.
Writing for the New Statesman, John Bew — Head of Policy Exchange’s Britain in the World project — comments on the “diplomatic storm in a teacup” that has erupted over Gibraltar
Following the death of Martin McGuinness, Policy Exchange Director Dean Godson, author of the biography of David Trimble, ‘Himself Alone’, was invited by the Evening Standard to reflect on the Unionist leader’s relationship with the Sinn Fein/IRA commander
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
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.
As Putin celebrates another election victory, today’s Labour party should remember that there can be no coherent response to the Russian provocation without an appreciation of how our collective security is underscored by NATO and the role Labour played in its creation. In a new essay, In Defence of Collective Security, Professor John Bew, Head of Policy Exchange’s Britain in the World project and an award winning biographer of Clement Attlee, argues that our current system of Western security, based on NATO, was painstakingly put in place by Attlee and Ernest Bevin and that the current Labour leadership betrays that legacy.
In a new report published last week, Policy Exchange stresses the vital role of Parliament in shaping debates about Britain’s place in the world, and urges the building of greater cross-party consensus on foreign policy. It stresses the role of the Defence and Foreign Affairs Select Committee in the context of a hung Parliament. The report was published alongside a new database of MPs’ voting records on key issues of national security since 2010, as well as their constituency positions on Brexit — the most detailed resource of its kind ever created. In a Foreword to the report, Tom Tugendhat MP, the new Chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee said, ‘Policy Exchange is at the forefront of new thinking about national security and the UK’s place in the world’. The report was covered in The Daily Mail.
A new paper from Policy Exchange’s Britain in the World project, examining the future of NATO. The paper argues that current events, from Russian aggression to the EU’s internal politics, mean that NATO is weakening at a time when security challenges are growing
Policy Exchange was delighted to host Hon Paul Ryan, Speaker of the US House of Representatives — giving his only public address during his trip to London with a bipartisan Congressional delegation.
This event was held at Policy Exchange on 25 January and featured Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster, Director of Army Capabilities Integration Center and Deputy Commanding General, Futures, US Army Training and Doctrine Command
This event was held at Policy Exchange on 19 January, the eve of Donald Trump’s inauguration — it featured Michael Auslin, one of America’s leading foreign policy experts
Held at Policy Exchange on 10 November, this event featured Walter Russell Mead and Sir Nigel Sheinwald GCMG
Dame Patricia Hodgson to chair Policy Exchange’s Reform of Government Commission on the future of the Civil Service
Policy Exchange is today delighted to announce a Reform of Government Commission, Chaired by Dame Patricia Hodgson, which will examine how the Civil Service can be improved and modernised.
The Reform of Government Commission will go back to first principles and ask: what sort of Civil Service do we want? What should its ethos be? How should accountability be maximised through clearer lines of responsibility? How can it better serve governments of all hues?
We will draw on the expertise of a wide range of leading practitioners. Focus groups, polling and an evidence-gathering “roadshow” will be used to produce authoritative, useful research that leads to better government.
74% of the public want the big internet companies to do more to locate and delete extremist content and 65% believe that they are not doing enough to combat radicalisation, Policy Exchange finds in its new report The New Netwar: Countering Online Extremism published today (Tuesday). Exclusive new analysis of jihadist activity online, published ahead of the Prime Minister co-chairing a meeting with web giants, shows that we are not winning this war and that Isis’s online output has not fallen – even while they have been losing territory on the ground.
In a new report published today, Foreign Policy in the New Parliament, Policy Exchange stresses the vital role of Parliament in debates about Britain’s place in the world. Against the backdrop of a hung parliament, and with Brexit-related legislation likely to be divisive in the House of Commons, the government will very much hope to avoid a major House of Commons vote on a controversial foreign policy issue. A new database of MPs’ voting records, as well as their constituency positions on Brexit, also demonstrates the dangers of internal division facing both main parties.
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