The Atlantic Council Europe Center’s #BritainDebrief is dedicated to taking on the debates of Britain’s role in the world after Brexit.

Hosting this series is senior fellow Ben Judah, and every week he is joined by guests for discussions about today’s key foreign policy issues affecting Britain and the world. Hear from leading experts, policymakers, and officials with an eye on the issues impacting the UK today, from Afghanistan to AUKUS, Brexit, COVID-19, China, kleptocracy, Russia, and more.

You can watch #BritainDebrief on YouTube and as a podcast on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

#BritainDebrief Episodes

Britain Debrief

Jan 10, 2022

#BritainDebrief – What is Keir Starmer’s Brexit? A debrief from Luke Cooper

By Ben Judah

LSE associate researcher Luke Cooper joins #BritainDebrief for a look at Britain’s Labour Party and what any future Labour government will mean for Britain in the world.

Elections Politics & Diplomacy

Britain Debrief

Dec 16, 2021

#BritainDebrief – Is corruption threatening Britain? A debrief from Helena Wood

By Ben Judah

On this episode of #BritainDebrief, RUSI’s Helena Wood joins Ben Judah for a discussion on the threat of corruption to the UK’s national security.

Corruption Economic Sanctions

Britain Debrief

Dec 9, 2021

#BritainDebrief – How does Macron see the world? A debrief from Michel Duclos

By Ben Judah

On this #BritainDebrief, Institut Montaigne’s special advisor for geopolitics Michel Duclos explores the foreign policy priorities and focus of French President Emmanuel Macron.

Europe & Eurasia International Norms

Britain Debrief

Dec 3, 2021

#BritainDebrief – Britain and war in Ukraine? A debrief from Maryna Vorotnyuk

By Ben Judah

RUSI associate fellow Maryna Vorotnyuk joins #BritainDebrief to discuss the situation in Ukraine and Britain’s role in any conflict in the East.

Conflict Crisis Management

Britain Debrief

Nov 23, 2021

#BritainDebrief – Can Britain and France get on? A debrief from Georgina Wright

By Ben Judah

As tensions between France and the United Kingdom continue to simmer, Ben Judah interviews Institut Montaigne’s Georgina Wright for her perspective on French-UK relations.

Economy & Business Europe & Eurasia

Britain Debrief

Nov 16, 2021

#BritainDebrief – Britain, Russia and the Strongmen: A debrief from Dr. Fiona Hill

By Ben Judah

On this episode of #BritainDebrief, Brookings Institution’s Fiona Hill discusses Britain, populism, and the threat of war from Russia.

Corruption Democratic Transitions

Britain Debrief

Nov 15, 2021

#BritainDebrief – What happens to Northern Ireland with Article 16? A debrief from Matthew O’Toole MLA

By Ben Judah

On this episode of #BritainDebrief, Ben Judah interviews Member of the Northern Irish Assembly for South Belfast Matthew O’Toole to explore the Northern Ireland protocol and its effects.

Economy & Business Europe & Eurasia

Britain Debrief

Oct 7, 2021

#BritainDebrief – What does AUKUS mean for Britain? A debrief from Euan Graham

By Ben Judah

Ben Judah sits down with Euan Graham from the Institute for Strategic Studies for this #BritainDebrief to unpack AUKUS and what it means for regional Indo-Pacific security.

Australia Defense Industry

Britain Debrief

Oct 1, 2021

#BritainDebrief – Can anti-kleptocracy win in London? A debrief from Edward Lucas

By Ben Judah

In this #BritainDebrief, CEPA nonresident senior fellow Edward Lucas discusses kleptocracy inside the UK and what can be done to halt its advance.

Corruption Elections

Britain Debrief

Sep 13, 2021

#BritainDebrief – Did corruption lose the war in Afghanistan? A debrief from Sarah Chayes

By Ben Judah

Ben Judah sits down with Sarah Chayes, who served for a decade in Afghanistan for the US Government, to discuss the collapse of the Afghan government and its impact on the West.

Afghanistan Corruption

Britain Debrief

Sep 10, 2021

#BritainDebrief – What went wrong for the British Army? A debrief from Simon Akam

By Ben Judah

For this #BritainDebrief, author Simon Akam sits down to discuss the state of the British Army ahead of the twenty year anniversary of 9/11.

Afghanistan Conflict

Britain Debrief

Aug 16, 2021

#BritainDebrief – Britain and the collapse of American Afghanistan: A debrief from Tom Tugendhat MP

By Ben Judah

Senior Fellow Ben Judah speaks to Tom Tugendhat MP, Chair of the UK Parliament’s foreign affairs select committee, to discuss the fall of Afghanistan and what it means for British foreign policy.

Afghanistan Conflict

Britain Debrief

Aug 12, 2021

#BritainDebrief – The collapse of American Afghanistan and the view from Kabul: A debrief from Bruno Maçães

By Ben Judah

For this #BritainDebrief, author Bruno Maçães speaks with Ben Judah to discuss the Taliban’s sweep across Afghanistan and what it reveals about Europe’s foreign policy.

Afghanistan Conflict

Britain Debrief

Aug 11, 2021

#BritainDebrief – Is Biden making a terrible mistake in Afghanistan? A debrief from Rory Stewart

By Ben Judah

With the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, former MP and Secretary of State for International Development Rory Stewart joins #BritainDebrief to share his views on the West’s policies toward Afghanistan.

Afghanistan Conflict

Britain Debrief

Jul 28, 2021

#BritainDebrief – A foreign correspondent’s view: US culture war in Britain? A debrief from Yasmeen Serhan

By Ben Judah

On this #BritainDebrief, staff writer for The Atlantic Yasmeen Serhan discusses the impact of domestic US culture wars on Britain.

Civil Society Europe & Eurasia

Britain Debrief

Jul 23, 2021

#BritainDebrief – A foreign correspondent’s view: Is British democracy at risk? A debrief from Annette Dittert

By Ben Judah

For this #BritainDebrief, journalist Annette Dittert sits down with Ben Judah to explore the healthy of democracy in Britain.

Civil Society Media

Britain Debrief

Jul 18, 2021

#BritainDebrief – How did Britain fare in Biden’s summitry? A debrief from Julia Friedlander

By Ben Judah

The Atlantic Council GeoEconomic Center’s Julia Friedlander joins #BritainDebrief to unpack how Britain fared following the G7 Summit.

G20 Politics & Diplomacy

Britain Debrief

Jul 16, 2021

#BritainDebrief – Britain vs. disinformation: A crisis or an exaggeration? A debrief from David Patrikarakos

By Ben Judah

Journalist and author David Patrikarakos joins #BritainDebrief for a discussion on how disinformation is impacting Britain.

Civil Society Disinformation

Britain Debrief

Jul 9, 2021

#BritainDebrief – Euro finals special: How do the England Team look from Europe? A debrief from Benjamin Haddad

By Ben Judah

For a special #BritainDebrief, Europe Center senior director Benjamin Haddad unpacks the Euros and England’s national team’s performance.

Civil Society Nationalism

Britain Debrief

Jul 2, 2021

#BritainDebrief – Is Britain lost seeking a role? A debrief from Oliver Yule-Smith

By Ben Judah

As Britain navigates its place in the world, Kings College London Leverhulme fellow Oliver Yule-Smith joins #BritainDebrief to explore Britain’s foreign policy and the Integrated Review.

Politics & Diplomacy Security & Defense

Britain Debrief

Jun 25, 2021

#BritainDebrief – What does a new Sino-American Cold War mean for Britain? A debrief from James Palmer

By Ben Judah

For this #BritainDebrief, Foreign Policy magazine deputy editor and China expert James Palmer sits down with Ben Judah to explore the impact of Sino-US conflict on Britain.

China Conflict

Britain Debrief

Jun 10, 2021

#BritainDebrief – G7 special: Does America need a global Britain? A debrief from Emily Tamkin

By Ben Judah

For a special #BritainDebrief, New Statesman US editor Emily Tamkin discusses the G7 summit hosted in the UK, and Britain’s role in the United States’ global foreign policy.

G20 International Norms

Britain Debrief

Jun 7, 2021

#BritainDebrief – How does the British army see a climate change world? A debrief from General Richard Nugee

By Ben Judah

How does the British army see a climate change world? For this #BritainDebrief, General Richard Nugee addresses the intersection between climate change and national security challenges for Britain.

Climate Change & Climate Action Defense Policy

Britain Debrief

Jun 4, 2021

#BritainDebrief – How can Britain support Biden’s war on kleptocracy? A debrief from Nate Sibley

By Ben Judah

For this #BritainDebrief, Hudson Institute research fellow Nate Sibley outlines the state of play on US anti-corruption policy and what role Britain can play in that effort.

Corruption Politics & Diplomacy

Britain Debrief

May 21, 2021

#BritainDebrief – How has Britain’s role changed in Israel-Palestine? A debrief from John Lyndon

By Ben Judah

John Lyndon, executive director at the Alliance for Middle East Peace, joins #BritainDebrief to discuss Britain’s engagement in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Israel Middle East

Britain Debrief

May 12, 2021

#BritainDebrief – How would Scottish independence impact UK foreign policy? A debrief from Emma Ashford

By Ben Judah

With the debate over Scottish independence again on the rise, Atlantic Council resident senior fellow Emma Ashford joins #BritainDebrief to explore the prospects of an independent Scotland and its impact on Britain’s foreign policy.

Elections Politics & Diplomacy

Britain Debrief

May 7, 2021

#BritainDebrief – Can Britain help Navalny? A debrief from Vladimir Ashurkov

By Ben Judah

Vladimir Ashurkov, director of the Anticorruption Foundation and close ally of Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny, joins #BritainDebrief to discuss corruption in Britain and its role in protecting the wealth of the Kremlin elite.

Corruption Democratic Transitions

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