ANALYSIS PODCAST: Assessing the Libya Campaign
RUSI Director Professor Michael Clarke assesses the Libya military campaign after the fall of Qadhafi and the transition to a new Libyan government. He talks to Lizz Pearson and outlines RUSI's research into this intervention.
16 Nov 2011
Iran's Nuclear Ambitions: A Steady Crawl to Breakout Capability
The International Atomic Energy Agency's latest report on Iran describes in unprecedented detail a country moving slowly towards a nuclear weapons option, rather than a bomb itself. This lack of a 'smoking gun' removes military response from the international community's toolbox of policy options. But this is no grounds for complacency.
15 Nov 2011
The Complex Triangle - Migration, Security and Environmental Change
The operations of Mexican drug cartels and their spheres of influence could be severely impacted by future environmental changes and the resulting movement of people. Such events will present challenges, and even opportunities, for the most powerful cartels and their criminal networks.
11 Nov 2011
The challenges faced by Jordan's new Prime Minister
The appointment of a new Prime Minister in Jordan could mean a more comprehensive implementation of much needed reforms. But divisions and tensions between domestic political factions could once again stall this process.
7 Nov 2011
The Shape of Europe to Come
Last week saw European leaders agree to a mega-deal with the aim of abating the huge crisis engulfing the continent. Yet much of the details appear to be smoke and mirrors with Europe inevitably facing decades of misery and decline.
1 Nov 2011
The Death of Crown Prince Sultan: What next for the House of Saud?
The death of the long-serving Defence Minister ushers in a long-overdue process of succession. While there may be concerns over the role of the likely Crown Prince, Nayef bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud, we should not expect a massive change in direction of Saudi policy in the region.
24 Oct 2011
Secrecy and Transparency: Striking the Balance
The long awaited Green Paper on Justice and Security suggests the British Government wants to close a legal loophole to ensure sensitive intelligence material from abroad can be kept secret. But is this wise in an age when advancing technologies makes secrecy more difficult and at a time when the public appears to want greater openness?
25 Oct 2011
What Qadhafi's death means
The death of Colonel Qadhafi rids the world of a tyrant, but it is no milestone in the Arab Spring. To focus on the departed dictator is to miss the real story, and abstract notions of 'closure' won't magically translate into stable government.
21 Oct 2011
Has Iran Provided the Justification for War?
Iran is accused of attempting to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador to the United States on American soil. It is the stuff of spy thrillers. If proved true, then both Saudi Arabia and the United States are well within their rights to declare war on Iran. Why would Iran embark on such an irrational action at a time of great internal and external vulnerability?
18 Oct 2011
Iran alleged Saudi plot promotes a dialogue of the deaf
There are many questions remaining in the accusations that Iran planned to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador to the United States. Yet the consequences are real: the failed plot, regardless of its actuality, heightens Iran’s conspiratorial view of the international community, while further closing hope for dialogue.
18 Oct 2011
Time to Secure Somalia
In the last few weeks, gangs based in Somalia kidnapped tourists visiting Kenya. Just a few days later, a massive suicide bomb ripped through Mogadishu, claiming dozens of lives and shattering the relative peace that had followed Shabaab's withdrawal. The events pose a fresh challenge to the Somali government's road map for security and development.
5 Oct 2011
The implications of Royal Navy personnel cuts
On Friday 30 September 2011, the Royal Navy announced large personnel cuts as part of the UK's Strategic Defence and Security Review. Dr Lee Willett analyses the implications.
7 Oct 2011