A former head of the Foreign Office argues that the US won't save usby Peter Ricketts / May 6, 2018 / Leave a comment
The system of international security, on which Britain’s foreign policy has been based since the post-war years, is under unprecedented stress. Russia and China are pursuing assertive nationalist policies, often with scant regard for the norms of the United Nations Charter. Russia has moved into the gap left by western inaction over the Syria crisis. China is building up its military power and bankrolling vast infrastructure projects in pursuit of its ambition to be the dominant power in Asia. In response, Defense Secretary James Mattis has said that great power competition is now the top national security priority for the United States. President Trump seems sceptical about NATO, as with America’s multilateral commitments generally.
Britain once again faces Dean Acheson’s question about finding a role. Jacob Rees-Mogg and other Tory Brexiteers have a simple answer. They dream of a return to an imagined golden age when Britain was at the heart of the Anglosphere; in the short-term they advocate putting all our energies into becoming President Trump’s best friend.