So yes, we may have gotten to where we are more by accident than by carefully crafted state art. But after Brexit, it makes sense that the UK will begin to reestablish itself on the world stage thanks to a security program, where it has undoubted strengths: a top-notch diplomatic corps, a top seat at the table NATO and membership in the Five Eyes Intelligence Alliance. .
The criticism is currently not quantified and is certainly not perfect. The move to raise the nuclear weapons cap looks like a policy specifically designed to bring Labor to a standstill. It’s hard to imagine a scenario where we fire 180 nuclear warheads and kick ourselves that we don’t have another 80 to let go. There is also, at the moment, a very obvious Europe-shaped hole in the country’s foreign and defense policies.
That said, security should be an area where the UK could start improving its relationship with the EU. Some have criticized the government for excluding intelligence sharing and foreign policy from the scope of the Brexit deal, arguing that it reduced our influence during negotiations. Now that sounds like a nifty omission; an area that has hopefully not been tarnished by the grudge and acrimony of the past five years, a foundation upon which bridges can be rebuilt.
The general thrust of the review strikes the right balance between ambition and humility for a sub-superpower state that navigates the threats and opportunities of today’s hyper-connected world.
Earlier this month, Antony Blinken, the new US Secretary of State, said, “Our relationship with China will be competitive when it should be, collaborative when it can be, and adversarial when it should be.”
It is suspected that if such a sentiment had been expressed by Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab it would instantly be ridiculed as “cakeism”, the latest example of the UK’s hopelessly confused attitude towards China.
Coming from the US Secretary of State, such triangulation, which has a tone remarkably similar to the UK’s stated goals, can best be described as what it is: diplomacy.
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This notice was published: 2021-03-18 19:00:00