Those who want to project force in the Pacific must explain how it would be consistent with maintaining our strength at home and nearer abroad.
The row over the Northern Ireland Protocol must not be allowed to poison co-operation with our continental partners on defence against Russia.
Putin’s Russia is closer to home – remember the Salisbury attack – and Islamist extremism is already here.
In tandem with countries like Canada, Australia, New Zealand and France, we should consider a stronger humanitarian-orientated alliance which has teeth.
Too many defence reviews have followed the Blairite sentiment that we are an instrument for global wellbeing.
A lot can be done through NATO structures like the Northern Group that brings together its members and partner countries.
European defence budgets only go so far, and ultimately we need the Anglo-American link.
Its development reputation has been tarnished, and nobody is able to define quite what the UK’s foreign policy actually is.
We need to rethink our foreign policy not in the world we would like, but in the world we actually live in.
Regime change usually involves chaos, bloodshed and a humanitarian crisis. Has the Stop the War movement become Continue the Military Intervention?
His green light for the German-Russian link to go ahead was an unpardonable security and environmental folly.
We urgently need an inquiry to understand our strategic failures in the country, and what went wrong.
Britain has a moral responsibility to do something in Libya, having played a key role in creating the dangerous vacuum that is swallowing the country today.
“We do have a challenge…it is to respond to the new political configuration here without falling into the trap of statism.”
The decision on lifting the remainder of lockdown will be based on many factors. But that’s the question at the heart of it.