New Policy Paper on deepening British-Ukrainian relations

Though on different sides of Europe, Ukraine and the United Kingdom have a direct geostrategic and geo-economic interest in one another, argue Dr Alexander Lanoszka, James Rogers and Dr Hanna Shelest.

In this new Policy Paper, with a foreword from UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, it is argued that both countries should pursue closer and deeper ties during and after the current war.

This paper, by Alexander Lanoszka, Hanna Shelest and James Rogers, provides options for further deepening the partnership between our two nations. Covering the diplomatic, informational, military and economic dimensions of cooperation, it explains what the British and Ukrainian governments can do now, and in the years ahead, to ensure that we strengthen one another and the open Euro-Atlantic order we both hold dear.

UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss & Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba

You can read the Policy Paper here.

The authors identify options for how to deepen it even more. In all cases, the ‘DIME’ mode of analysis is adopted, which categorises policy options through Diplomatic, Informational (and cultural), Military, and Economic instruments of national power.

Diplomatic options:

  • Explore multilateral and bilateral options for security guarantees for Ukraine;
  • And five further options…

Information options:

  • Deepen intelligence cooperation, particularly on releasing intelligence information in a proactive way to deprive Russia and other adversaries of seizing the strategic initiative;
  • And two further options…

Military options:

  • Plan for a Royal Navy-led international mission to open maritime communication lines to facilitate Ukrainian exports of agricultural products and undertake de-mining operations in the Black Sea;
  • And three further options…

Economic options:

  • Help Ukraine to rebuild its energy storage facilities and its vast renewable energy potential;
  • And three further options…

You can read the Policy Paper here.