Johnson and Biden are to issue a 'New Atlantic Charter' at their mtg today. Will it live up to the impact of its great 1941 Churchill/Roosevelt predecessor? The first Chapter of Hard Choices analyses the AC , which shaped the postwar peace. (Here with Churchill amendments) 1/
UK politicians love to invoke the symbolism of the Atlantic Charter as the foundation of the 'special relationship' or whatever we are now to call it. Theresa May even gave Trump a facsimile in 2019. Why does this document exercise such fascination? 2/6…
The AC set out 8 principles. Those on territorial integrity and non-use of force went almost word for word into the UN Charter and so became a backbone of international law. The right of all peoples to choose their form of gov't became a rallying-cry for decolonisation 3/6
The pledge that all would have equal access to the markets and raw materials of the world pointed the way to the GATT. The ambition to improve labour standards and social security foreshadowed the 1942 Beveridge Plan creating the UK welfare state 4/6
Crucially, Churchill persuaded Roosevelt to sign up to the goal of a 'wider and permanent system of international security'. This soon got a name when the US invited 24 other nations to sign with them in Dec 1941 a 'Declaration of the United Nations'. 5/6
The AC showed what c'd happen when the UK and US shared a vision and then turned it into durable institutions. Its principles were influential in shaping a new global order. Will today's document rise to that level, or just be pledges to improve US-UK relations? We shall see! 6/6

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In coming days I will delve into more detail on aspects of the IR. Today, setting priorities. The US historian John Lewis Gaddis defined strategy as ‘the alignment of potentially unlimited aspirations with necessarily limited capabilities’. How does the IR measure up to that? 1/9
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The Review is a carefully-crafted document, balancing precariously key policy continuities and eye-catching new themes. Overall, less of a radical shift than advertised. But there are important unresolved tensions. How these play out is what will the shape the new strategy 1/8
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The decision not to participate in #Erasmus is short-sighted and mean-spirited. The programme transformed the life-chances of thousands of Brits, many from disadvantaged backgrounds. The proposed UK alternative from a standing start will not be a full substitute. Here’s why. 1/7
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Initial take on the security/justice parts of deal, based on summaries. May be useful when studying the full text. Overall, better than I had feared. Will reduce gap in capability from 1 Jan if applied immediately. BUT cooperation will be still be slower/more clunky than now. 1/7
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10 years ago today, UK and France signed two landmark Treaties on defence cooperation, which I coordinated as National Security Adviser. Here’s my view of what has been achieved (a mixed picture) and the prospects (much of the momentum has been lost) 1/4…
One Treaty made a 50 year commitment to nuclear cooperation. The two countries are sharing a single facility (in Burgundy) for testing their warhead designs using advanced simulation. Saves each side money, and sends a powerful message of confidence in long-term partnership 2/4
The second treaty enabled much closer operational cooperation between the armed forces. This has been a success story. UK and France now have a Combined Joint Expeditionary Force trained to fight together. Exchanges of personnel and regular exercises have forged strong links. 3/4
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