UK defence strategy since the Integrated Review: the view from Washington
Washington’s perceptions of UK defence strategy grew less favourable in the wake of the Great Recession, with withdrawals from Basra in Iraq and Helmand in Afghanistan undercutting UK claims to resilience and expertise in counterinsurgency. Force structure and spending cuts such as those following the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) also registered with US defence specialists.
Politics in the UK appeared preoccupied with Brexit and ignoring emerging threats. At the same time, allies and alliances received decreased priority from US administrations.
Recently, US perceptions have shifted. The results of unilateral decision-making in Afghanistan compared with the coalition resolve
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