Indo-Pacific Ambitions Might Be a Luxury Europe Can’t Afford

The U.K. carrier strike group conducts operations alongside Japan Maritime Self-Defense Forces
The U.K. carrier strike group led by the HMS Queen Elizabeth conducts operations alongside Japan Maritime Self-Defense Forces and U.S. Navy carrier strike groups in the Philippine Sea, Oct. 3, 2021 (U.S. Navy photo by Gray Gibson via AP).
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In recent years, several European states have sought to project their precious naval assets in the Indo-Pacific region in ways that reflect widely accepted fashions in strategic thinking. But the underlying logic of this thinking now needs to be viewed more critically after the return of interstate war on European soil.

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