Ian Bond

Ian Bond

Director of foreign policy
Areas of expertise 

Russia and the former Soviet Union, European foreign policy, Europe/Asia relations, US foreign policy.

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Brexit and foreign policy: Divorce?

Brexit and foreign policy: Divorce?

18 July 2016
The British government must work hard to minimise the damage to its international influence from Brexit. First step: more investment in relations with European partners.
NATO, the EU and Brexit: Joining forces?

NATO, the EU and Brexit: Joining forces?

05 July 2016
NATO and the EU must work together to manage crises in Europe’s neighbourhood. The UK’s referendum vote has given them one more problem to solve.
Britain, the EU and security: Only one thing worse than fighting with allies

Britain, the EU and security: Only one thing worse than fighting with allies

21 June 2016
The threats to Britain are diverse, and shared with Europe. Responses must be equally flexible and multinational. The age of splendid isolation is not coming back.
Europe after Bremain: A strong team?

Europe after Bremain: A strong team?

10 June 2016
If Britain votes to Remain, it should not revert to old habits of obstruction. In almost every field, it can serve its own interests best by making a positive contribution.
The EU after Bremain: Kiss and make up?

The EU after Bremain: Kiss and make up?

26 May 2016
If the UK votes to remain in the EU, Britain's interests will be best served if David Cameron sets ambitious goals and faces down eurosceptics.

The US, Britain and the EU: Who cares?

21 April 2016
When Obama speaks out against Brexit, he will be protecting America’s interests. That does not mean that he is wrong.
Europe after Brexit: Unleashed or undone?

Europe after Brexit: Unleashed or undone?

15 April 2016
If Britain left the EU, the character of the Union would change. The UK has driven economic liberalisation and foreign policy co-operation, and has made the EU's machinery more efficient.
The refugee crisis: Fixing Schengen is not enough

The refugee crisis: Fixing Schengen is not enough

17 February 2016
Europe's refugee crisis is a foreign policy crisis with domestic spill-over; it has to be solved abroad as well as at home.
The Brexit equation: EU minus UK = ?

The Brexit equation: EU minus UK = ?

22 January 2016
Brexit would change the EU as well as the UK. What kind of partner would a diminished EU be for Britain and the rest of the world?

Cameron's security gamble: Is Brexit a strategic risk?

21 December 2015
Britain has shown its international ambitions with airstrikes in Syria and an important defence and security review. But the referendum on EU membership threatens Britain's interests.