The Integrated Review: the UK as a reluctant middle power?


This report from UK think tank RUSI looks at the first major cross-government review that includes an extended discussion of foreign policy.

As the first major cross-government review that includes an extended discussion of foreign policy, the Integrated Review has made significant progress in attempting to develop a coherent narrative on the UK’s role in the world. However, it remains reluctant to acknowledge the extent of the challenges the UK faces, and references to the country’s ‘superpower’ and ‘leading’ roles underplay the hard choices which, as a strong but vulnerable middle power, it needs to make. This paper analyses some of those key choices.

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