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The case for a values-based foreign policy

Much is up in the air as Britain navigates the final stages of Brexit—and the Covid-19 pandemic. But we can’t lose sight of our role on the world stage

By Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah  

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the UN in 2019 ©Xinhua/Li Muzi

With all the uncertainties of Brexit and the global response to Covid-19, it may seem sensible for the government to delay the publication of its Integrated Review of security, defence, foreign and development policies, which was expected this month.

Yet, if 2020 has taught us anything, it is that we need to learn to live with uncertainties—and find better ways of managing them. When it comes to Britain’s role on the world stage, we are long overdue…

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