A groundbreaking exploration of the difficult decisions Britain faces outside the EU in a fast-changing world.
After decades of peace and prosperity, the international order put in place after World War II is rapidly coming to an end. Disastrous foreign wars, global recession, the meteoric rise of China and India and the COVID pandemic have undermined the power of the West's international institutions and unleashed the forces of nationalism and protectionism.
In this lucid and groundbreaking analysis, one of Britain's most experienced senior diplomats highlights the key dilemmas Britain faces, from trade to security, arguing that international co-operation and solidarity are the surest ways to prosper in a world more dangerous than ever.
About the Author
Peter Ricketts has been at the heart of Britain's foreign policy for more than 30 years. He was Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee, UK Permanent Representative to NATO, Permanent Secretary in the Foreign Office and Ambassador to France. He has written for the FT, The Times, the New Statesman and Prospect, and regularly appears on Sky News and the BBC. Hard Choices is his first book.
"A perfect introduction for those engaging in the crucial—and newly wide open—debate about where Britain sits in the world, and where it goes next." Prospect Magazine