Policy area: Foreign policy

Reports

Working hand in hand?

This report from UK think tank the Centre for European Reform makes recommendations on how the UK and its European allies could better co-ordinate their support to Ukraine.. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was a watershed moment in European security. So far, Britain, Germany and other European countries have worked closely to support Ukraine. But Russia...

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Challenges for counter-proliferation finance and sanctions control in banking

This report from UK think tank RUSI focuses on international and unilateral sanctions frameworks regarding the proliferation of WMDs. This report focuses on international and unilateral sanctions frameworks regarding the proliferation of WMDs in North Korea, Iran and Russia, identifying the challenges of implementing counter-proliferation finance and sanctions controls.

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The Indo-Pacific in Indian foreign policy

This report from UK think tank RUSI examines the Indo-Pacific in Indian foreign policy. This Policy Brief examines India’s initial caution in embracing the role of the Indo-Pacific in India’s strategic outlook, the changing geopolitical circumstances that led New Delhi to adopt a more proactive approach, and how India’s Indo-Pacific strategy is impacting relationships with...

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Combating kleptocracy: lessons from the response to Russia’s war in Ukraine

This report from UK think tank RUSI explores the state of efforts to combat modern kleptocracy before February 2022. Two years on from the invasion of Ukraine, this paper explores the state of efforts to combat modern kleptocracy before February 2022 and assesses how the Kremlin’s war has catalysed a range of responses from Western...

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Imperial measurement

This report from UK think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs offers a cost–benefit analysis of western colonialism. In recent years, we have seen a renewed interest in Britain’s imperialist past: the British Empire, the slave trade and the Caribbean slave labour plantations. More precisely, we have seen a revival of the idea that the...

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Does it matter if Ukraine loses?

This report from UK think tank the Centre for European Reform argues that Western leaders’ hesitancy to act suggests they are underestimating the impact of Ukraine’s defeat. Western countries need to decide how much Ukraine’s security matters to them. There seems to be a sizeable gap between most leaders’ rhetoric, supporting Ukraine, and the priorities...

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Requirements for the command and control of the UK’s ground-based air defence

This report from UK think tank RUSI seeks to outline the trajectory of the future air threat environment, as well as the components critical to meeting that threat. The purpose of this paper is to identify requirements for the command and control (C2) of the British Army’s ground-based air defences (GBAD) within an overarching integrated...

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Assuring the tactical sustainment of land forces on the modern battlefield

This report from UK think tank RUSI examines the evolving threat and necessary mitigations to enable the tactical sustainment of land forces. This paper examines the evolving threat and necessary mitigations to enable the tactical sustainment of land forces between the corps support area and last mile resupply. It postulates three challenges that increasing battlefield...

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Antisemitism in the UK in 2024

This report from UK think tank the Henry Jackson Society identifies four contemporary sources of antisemitism. Antisemitism is spiking in the United Kingdom. Ever since the Hamas pogroms of October 7 2023, which sparked the ongoing war in Gaza, there has been a huge rise in antisemitism. In the last year alone, there was a 589%...

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Mass Precision Strike: designing UAV complexes for land forces

This report from UK think tank RUSI examines how UAVs offer the most utility to land forces. This paper addresses the question of what components are necessary for land forces to field a UAV complex that can deliver precision effects en masse to maximise the efficiency of exchange with an enemy. Russia’s full-scale invasion of...

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Upholding North Korea sanctions in the age of decentralised finance

This report from UK think tank RUSI forms part of a series of research projects to understand and mitigate obstacles to UN sanctions implementation. This paper aims to examine cryptocurrency mixers’ distinct technical, legal and regulatory dimensions and the challenges they pose to the sanctions regime. The paper provides detailed background information on North Korea’s...

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Bracing for 2025: The UK and European security under a Trump presidency

This report from UK think tank RUSI examines the possibility of Donald Trump's potentially radical programme of change. This paper examines the possibility of Donald Trump’s potentially radical programme of change, both at home and abroad, with a focus on the US foreign policy programme. It outlines the economic factors underpinning US defence and security...

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A culture of impunity

This report from UK think tank The Henry Jackson Society explores conflict-related sexual violence in contemporary proxy warfare. Around the world, civilians caught in the midst of armed conflict are increasingly suffering from conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV). This disturbing upward trend was confirmed during the 9378th meeting of the United Nations Security Council in 2022,...

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Power plays

This report from UK think tank RUSI examines the trade in Russian enriched uranium. This report examines the extent of Western (European and US) dependencies on Russian enriched uranium and identifies ways in which Rosatom may be continuing to access global, including Western, nuclear fuel supply chains, despite some efforts in the US and Europe...

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Two years (and ten years) of war in Europe

This report from UK think tank the Centre for European Reform suggests that the EU should ensure Ukraine can weather the war without US support. Two years since Putin launched his full-scale attack on Ukraine and ten years after the annexation of Crimea, this third year of war looks set to be the toughest yet...

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Related Events

28 May 2024

Location: BFPG 23 Grafton Street, Mayfair, London W1S 4EY

Think tank: British Foreign Policy Group

Shifting European landscapes: how the EU elections will shape UK foreign policy

This event hosted by UK think tank the British Foreign Policy Group will discuss how the EU elections will shape UK foreign policy. The British Foreign Policy Group is delighted to bring together a panel of leading European and UK foreign policy experts to explore the key issues that could determine the outcome of the...

30 May 2024

Location: Online

Think tank: Chatham House

UK general election: The big decisions for the next foreign secretary

This event hosted by UK think tank Chatham House will discuss the most pressing international risks facing the UK. UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced his intention to launch the 2024 UK Parliamentary election by stating, “This election will take place at a time when the world is more dangerous than it has been since...

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