The Integrated Review has set ambitious goals for British naval expansion over the course of the 2020s. It is a key part of the UK’s tilt to the Indo-Pacific. The deployment of the UK Carrier Strike Group and the announcement of AUKUS have been held up as proof of the UK’s renewed commitment to sea power. But can the UK project its naval influence into the Pacific without undermining its commitments in other theatres such as the Baltic?

Both the Baltic and the Pacific are vital regions for today’s geopolitical challenges due to a rising China and an aggressive Russia. How the UK manages and uses its navy will determine how much of a say the country has in the future of these theatres. To discuss this question, the Centre for Geopolitics has assembled a panel of experts with experience in the military, academia, and politics.

Panel:   

Alicia Kearns MP, member of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee and co-chair of the China Research Group

Professor Andrew Lambert, naval historian and author of ‘The British Way of War: Julian Corbett and the Battle for a National Strategy’

Rear Admiral Chris Parry CBE, former Royal Navy officer, strategic forecaster, broadcaster, and best-selling author

Chair: Viktorija Starych-Samuolienė, co-founder and Director of Strategy at the Council on Geostrategy

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