Britain’s decision to leave the EU could have a significant impact on the Union’s ability to help nations on its Eastern borders implement political and economic reform, or to respond to Russia’s determined efforts to expand its sphere of influence.
RUSI's Deputy Director General Professor Malcolm Chalmers gave evidence in front of the Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday 28 June alongside Sir Simon Fraser, former Foreign and Commonwealth Office Permanent Secretary and Sir Christopher Meyer, former British Ambassador to the United States.
As Britain has voted to begin negotiations to relinquish its membership of the European Union, we outline the political and economic frameworks for these testy discussions, as well as the pillars of a future settlement designed to uphold Europe’s security structures.
Dr Jonathan Eyal on the UK's 'jerky policy' towards unrest in the Middle East, the complete lack of any contingency planning within the FCO, and the importance of accepting that there is no such thing as 'the Arab exceptionalism'.
The recent public questioning of French foreign policy comes at an inconvenient time for President Sarkozy, and has done nothing to reassure the French people of their nation's continued global influence.
Many claim that the revolutionary arc engulfing the Middle East will challenge terrorist groups and their narrative. But this ignores how groups might exploit the crisis to strengthen their positions and pose a more potent and sophisticated threat to the UK than they do at the moment.