The United Kingdom and the Pacific: Possible paths for active British engagement

Think tank: The Henry Jackson Society

Author(s): Dr Stepan Stepanenko

February 15, 2023

This report from UK think tank the Henry Jackson Society looks at the United Kingdom and the Pacific.

British interests in the Indo-Pacific have become increasingly threatened, through dangers to supply chains and displacement of British Nationals in the region. In turn, the UK’s Indo-Pacific tilt, as outlines in the Integrated Review, has led to greater UK involvement in the region but it is currently lacking the clear diplomatic trajectory of British European engagement under the alliance and treaty structures, including NATO and the JEF. This paper looks at the diplomatic pathways to alliances that the UK can utilise, with a view to facilitating a greater British reach in the Indo-Pacific, as well as enabling UK’s military, intelligence and economic involvement in the region.