The UK government has decided to merge the Department for International Development with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. RUSI’s Deputy Director-General analyses what this means for the UK’s future diplomacy and aid policies.
As the UK formulates its post-Brexit relationship with China, one key policy interest is the possibility of stronger commercial ties. However, the benefits of doing business with China are less straight-forward in light of the complex commercial and political landscape of the world’s second-largest economy.
Officials from Donald Trump’s administration have now announced that the US will formally withdraw in six months from the Open Skies Treaty. The viability of multilateral confidence- and security-building measures is called into question.