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On 16 March 2021, the UK government published the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy, the first major strategy document since the UK left the EU the year before. The document is intended to set the direction of UK foreign, security and defence policy for years to come and shape the UK’s role in the world.

In light of the Integrated Review, this panel will examine comprehensively the implications of Brexit on some of the key aspects of UK foreign, security and defence policy, including the UK’s future collaboration with the EU, its relationship with NATO, the cyber dimension and the role of the defence industry. It will bring together a wide variety of scholars at the School of Security Studies working on different areas of foreign, security and defence policy.

This breadth of research will allow the panel to offer new insights into the current state of affairs and explore the UK’s role in the evolving global order five years after the country voted to leave the EU.

Chair: Dr Ben Kienzle, Senior Lecturer, Defence Studies Department


  • The Continental Commitment Revisited: NATO and the European Pillar of Global Britain - Arun Dawson, PhD Researcher, Department of War Studies
  • The impact of national role conceptions on military acquisition - Michelle Howard, PhD Researcher, Defence Studies Department
  • Where now and what for? UK cyber strategy after Brexit - Dr Tim Stevens, Senior Lecturer in Global Security, Department of War Studies
  • Global Europe beyond the EU: Global Britain and UK-EU defence cooperation beyond Brexit - Gesine Weber, PhD Researcher, Defence Studies Department
  • The UK’s refreshed Defence Procurement Policy - Dr Benedict Wilkinson, Director of Research in the Policy Institute at King’s College London

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At this event

Benjamin Kienzle

Reader in Security Cooperation

Tim  Stevens

Reader in International Security

Gesine Weber

PhD Student

Benedict  Wilkinson

Visiting Senior Research Fellow

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