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Undercurrents is a regular podcast series featuring interviews with Chatham House experts - and others - about the critical underlying issues which are shaping modern society. Hosted by staff from across the institute, each episode goes in-depth on a topic, looking beyond the news to explore the issues shaping global politics.

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Mar 26, 2021

A week after the UK government published its Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy, Ben is joined by two Chatham House experts to assess what we have learnt about the future of UK foreign policy.

Richard Whitman from the Europe Programme explains the thinking behind the 'tilt' towards to the Indo-Pacific region, the key allies and relationships the UK will need to foster, and the role that development spending will play in realizing this articulation of Global Britain.

Then Patricia Lewis from the International Security Programme provides an insight into the defence aspects of review, with particular emphasis on the shift in UK nuclear policy and the role that science and technology policy will play in building strategic resilience at home and abroad. 

Read the Expert Comments:

UK’s Vision Is Confident, but Success Is a Long Way Off

Global Britain Lays out Its Stall, but EU Missing in Action

UK and France Should Collaborate on Indo-Pacific Security


Speakers: Patricia Lewis, Richard Whitman

Host: Ben Horton

Editor: Jamie Reed

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