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No gift: Indo-Pacific access is worth its weight in gold

Jennifer Parker investigates what critical access to Australia grants the UK and US through AUKUS

Xi Jinping’s visit to Europe

Charles Parton reflects on Xi Jinping’s visit to Europe and what it says about the direction of Europe-China relations going forward

NATO’s next Secretary-General: Embrace the East

Dr Alexander Lanoszka argues that NATO should embrace its Eastern flank in selecting its next Secretary-General

Sunak vs. Starmer: The battle of the defence budget

Dr Emma Salisbury analyses the recent defence spending commitments made by the Conservative party in the UK

AUKMIN 2024 advances AUKUS

Lord Risby reflects on AUKMIN 2024 and how it progressed AUKUS, as well as the significance of the agreement for the UK more broadly

The case for AUKUS public diplomacy

Euan Graham, John Hemmings and James Rogers argue that AUKUS needs a Public Diplomacy Division akin to NATO’s

Sweden joins NATO

William Freers provides a debrief assessing Sweden’s accession to NATO

What bilateral security agreements mean for Ukraine

Dr Alexander Lanoszka analyses what the various bilateral security agreements mean for Ukraine in the short- and long-term

British foreign and defence policy in an election year

Dr Emma Salisbury analyses how British foreign and defence policy may change in 2024, and how this change differs from other election years

Britain’s steel industry is at a crossroads

Dr Mann Virdee analyses the implications of the closure of the blast furnaces at Britain’s largest steelworks in Port Talbot