23 03, 2021

Does the Integrated Review Make Sense?

By |2021-03-23T15:56:08+00:00March 23rd, 2021|Categories: Blog, Brexit, Europe, Foreign Policy & Defence|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The government’s new Integrated Review is by and large an unimpressive document. It is long and repetitive, with for example the phrase “S&T a core skill” appearing 48 times. It is intellectually self-contradictory in its constant tension between Britain’s post Brexit “independence” and the need for multilateralism. It is work [...]

16 03, 2021

‘Global Britain’ or ‘Global England’: Why the UK’s new foreign policy won’t go down well in Scotland

By |2021-03-16T12:29:49+00:00March 16th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Foreign Policy & Defence, Scotland, Trade, Trade & Financial services, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , , , |

This article was first published by the Scottish Centre on European Relations The UK government’s integrated defence and foreign policy review is about to see the light of day. Some of its likely approach is already clear. ‘Global Britain’ may be a mixture of post-Brexit ideology, imperial power nostalgia and [...]

19 02, 2021

Event: Defence and security in Europe – Biden and Brexit as new parameters

By |2021-03-10T10:22:31+00:00February 19th, 2021|Categories: 2021, Brexit, EU Policies & Institutions, Foreign Policy & Defence|Tags: , , , |

Joint event by the Federal Trust, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and Global Policy Institute 9th March 2021   The two pillars on which the European defence and security framework rests have been shaken in recent years: The commitment to the transatlantic alliance of NATO has been challenged during the Trump administration, while Brexit [...]

12 01, 2021

Britain As A Neutral State? Britain’s Defence Dilemmas post Brexit

By |2021-01-12T12:24:35+00:00January 12th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Europe, Foreign Policy & Defence, Global|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

“We are experiencing the brain death of NATO” argued President Macron of France after a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Paris, November 28, 2019. Britain’s decision on a future defence strategy appears to contain the seeds of further confusion and torpor, particularly as the country becomes more [...]

21 12, 2020

The UK’s Chaotic Brexit Slide Towards 2021

By |2020-12-23T13:55:07+00:00December 21st, 2020|Categories: Blog, Brexit, Coronavirus, Devolution, Europe, Europe, Foreign Policy & Defence, Scotland, UK Constitution, UK Devolution|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

With Covid gridlock in Kent, chaotic borders have arrived earlier than expected, although stockpiling ahead of the end of the transition was already causing queues and a glimpse into the UK’s difficult post-Brexit future. As talks and haggling continue over fishing, one thing is clear: deal or no deal, four [...]

21 12, 2020

No EU Deal -> No US Deal: US-EU again aligned, UK out in the cold

By |2020-12-23T13:55:39+00:00December 21st, 2020|Categories: Blog, Brexit, Foreign Policy & Defence, Global|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The probable future of a no-deal UK is gloomy. The direct economic damages are only the beginning. A non-deal or inadequate deal with the EU, exacerbating the troubles in Scotland and Northern Ireland, will kill the prospects for a meaningful deal with the US; Congress has already laid down the [...]

2 11, 2020

Event video: The US Presidential Elections 2020 – What’s at stake?

By |2020-11-14T12:58:55+00:00November 2nd, 2020|Categories: 2020, Europe, Foreign Policy & Defence, Global, Video|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

"The US Presidential Elections 2020 - What's at stake?" 28th October 2020 Joint webinar organised by The Federal Trust with Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation  and Global Policy Institute Speakers: Professor Anatol Lieven Professor at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, Qatar, Visiting Professor in the War Studies Department of King’s College London, and [...]

4 09, 2020

A Weird Midsummer Night’s Dream

By |2020-09-04T13:33:17+00:00September 4th, 2020|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Foreign Policy & Defence, Global, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , , |

by Isador Strakhovsky (also known as Ira Straus) On a late summer day in a 2020 that was already surreal, German medics announced that Alexei Navalny had been poisoned by Novichok. It was the same poison that had been used on the Skripals in Britain. Strange things transpired in the [...]

31 07, 2020

End of ‘golden era’ in UK-China relations goes beyond any US meddling

By |2020-07-31T08:08:16+00:00July 31st, 2020|Categories: Foreign Policy & Defence, Global, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , |

This article was first published in South China Morning Post. With the fifth anniversary of the China-Britain Comprehensive Strategic Partnership approaching, it is remarkable to see how dramatically this much-heralded “golden era” of relations has turned into one of deepening mistrust and bitter acrimony. In the past few weeks, Prime [...]

2 06, 2020

Diverging EU and US foreign policies are pitching up on opposite sides of China’s Great Wall

By |2020-06-04T09:16:04+00:00June 2nd, 2020|Categories: Foreign Policy & Defence, Global, Trade, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , |

by Bob Savic Visiting Professor at the Asia Research Institute, Nottingham University; Senior Research Fellow at the Global Policy Institute; 2nd June 2020   The Chinese government’s announcement of a controversial new national security law for Hong Kong has encountered distinctively restrained responses from policymakers and officials in Brussels and other [...]