The British government has outlined an overhaul of the UK’s foreign and defence policies. The Integrated Review of the UK’s Defence, Security, Development and Foreign Policy, published this week, lays out a vision for the country’s role in the world over the next decade. Host Mark Leonard is talking to Jo Johnson, a former Member of the British Parliament between 2010 and 2019 who held key ministerial offices in each of the last three Conservative governments, attending Cabinet as Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation. Together, they discuss the proposed Indo-Pacific tilt and the UK means by sovereignty in the context of the review. But most importantly, how does continental Europe fit into all of this?
This podcast was recorded on 18 March 2021.
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- “The China question. Managing risks and maximising benefits from partnership in higher education and research” by Jo Johnson et al.
- “Britain’s global pipe dream” by Nick Witney
- “Brexit Britain: The buccaneering begins at home” by Nick Witney
- “China’s quest for foreign technology. Beyond espionage” ed. By William C. Hannas & Didi Kirsten Tatlow