The U.K. Integrated Review: Defining What ‘Global Britain’ Actually Means

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a visit to Joint Helicopter Command Flying Station Aldergrove, Northern Ireland, March 12, 2021 (AP photo by Peter Morrison).
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a visit to Joint Helicopter Command Flying Station Aldergrove, Northern Ireland, March 12, 2021 (AP photo by Peter Morrison).
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In mid-March, the British government released its Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy, titled, “Global Britain in a Competitive Age.” This was followed a week later by a more focused defense review. The two documents represent the end products of an exercise conducted by the government every five years, a combination of stocktaking, horizon-scanning and threat assessment, with some new policy announcements thrown in. This one began in 2020, but its completion was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The headlines surrounding the latest review have focused on the announcements that the U.K. would increase the size […]

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