Is Britain Really an Indo-Pacific Power? – Lord Peter Ricketts GCMG GCVO


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An RSAA lecture with Lord Peter Ricketts

As geostrategic realities evolve in the mid-twenty-first century, there has been much talk in the UK about “global Britain” and a foreign policy “tilt to the Indo-Pacific”. What do these expressions actually mean? Are they just slogans, or is there substance to them and, if so, what is it? Does a UK Carrier Strike Group heading east imply an active military role? How significant is the UK’s economic engagement in the region? What can the UK’s “soft power” contribute? And what do other countries, make of it, especially in Asia?