Assurance and deterrence in the UK’s East Asia policies: (in)credible UK?

Catherine Jones*

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East Asia is essential to the UK’s post-Brexit international strategy. Within a complex web of bilateral and multilateral arrangements, the UK needs to manage historical ties, new strategic objectives and ongoing partnerships. Underpinning these interactions is trust and some of the dynamics more commonly associated with formal security alliances. Post-Brexit, there is a need to assure these states of the UK’s place in the world and particularly its commitment to, and strategic objectives in, the region, but also recognise that there is an increasing risk of moral hazard for the UK in seeking to achieve some of its objectives. Catherine Jones offers a framework for understanding the challenges and opportunities for the UK’s current planning in the region.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-63
Number of pages10
JournalThe RUSI Journal
Issue number6-7
Publication statusPublished - 20 Feb 2023


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