Whither the Integrated Review. Still tilting…

The government’s Integrated Review, ‘Britain in a Global Age’ is now over a year old. It was written long before the Russian invasion of Ukraine, an event which has reinforced the essential fragility of what many in the West have for long described as the ‘rules-based’ international order. In this arguably naïve concept of the modern world, states operate within clear parameters of behaviour, all defined by laws, treaties and regulations. The idea of raw power having an ancient rationale that might trump these principles of good behaviour has come as something of a shock to those who have come to believe that international behaviour can

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