The Israel Embassy Attacks: Where next for Iran and Israel?
The attacks against Israel diplomatic targets in India and Georgia may well usher in a new chapter in the covert war between Iran and Israel. The Jewish state may feel emboldened to retaliate decisively on an Iran that is becoming increasingly isolated in the Arab world.
14 Feb 2012
ANALYSIS PODCAST: Counter-Terrorism in an Olympic Year
Security for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will include the deployment of more than thirteen thousand military personnel joining police and private security teams. The Government revised the Games' security budget up from £282m to £553m in December last year. So what is the terror threat likely to look like? And will the operation be a hindrance to long-term UK counter-terrorism?
12 Feb 2012
ARGUMENTS FOR Military Intervention in Syria
With over 6000 dead, there is little option but to intervene in Syria and dismantle the regime. It is important that the international community joins the Arab states in their determination to get involved and ensure a stable post-Assad Syria.
8 Feb 2012
ARGUMENTS AGAINST Military Intervention in Syria
Something needs to be done to stop the Syrian Army killing ever increasing number of its citizens. But Syria is far more complex than Libya and simply sending arms and further internationalising the Syrian Civil War will only exacerbate the war and elongate suffering. A more viable solution is for Arab states to use their muscle as energy suppliers to slow down the Assad regime.
8 Feb 2012
ANALYSIS PODCAST: The Defence Pound
Defence spending cuts are rarely out of the news. One of the ways of economising is for the UK's Ministry of Defence to spend money on so-called, 'off the shelf' systems. But there could be problems with that. In this podcast, Elizabeth Pearson talks to Dr John Louth, Deputy Head of RUSI's Defence Industries and Society Programme. He's looked into the effects of buying off the shelf - and found it could be a false economy.
3 Feb 2012
Eastern Africa: A Regional Stake in Counter-Insurgency
Somalia will continue to dominate the 2012 agenda for East African states as the humanitarian impact of famine and ongoing fighting pulls in regional and international actors. Now embroiled in military operations, Kenya also faces a big year for domestic politics. Other regional dynamics are tying together Uganda and South Sudan, and Kenya and Eritrea, who are all facing political challenges.
30 Jan 2012
West Africa: Regional Security Comes to the Fore
With fewer elections scheduled for 2012 in West Africa, the emphasis will shift to regional security and dealing with complex security threats. Terrorist groups and local militias are still a major problem, while religious conflict and instability threaten the regionís largest economy; Nigeria.
30 Jan 2012
Indiaís procurement of a European Fighter
India is setting its sights on a new medium range combat aircraft from Europe. The competition to sell new aircraft to India is part of an increased engagement by European defence manufacturers in Asia, set against the backdrop of an economic downturn and shifting regional geopolitics.
16 Jan 2012
The Dawn Of A Civil Nuclear Age In The Gulf
Iranís pursuit of a nuclear energy programme has created deep tensions and fear across the Middle East and the West. Despite this, and the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011, countries in the Gulf are now embarking on radical nuclear energy programmes with greater cooperation from the West.
11 Jan 2012
Iran and the West: Playing a Zero-Sum Game
The killing of a nuclear scientist in Tehran may well be the latest in a line of skirmishes between Iran and its American-led adversaries. Both sides are playing a zero-game, and neither coercive actions nor more negotiations are likely to bring a durable settlement.
11 Jan 2012
Not Welcome Here: The Resurgence Of Far-Right Wing Extremism In Europe
The recent spate of extremist murders across Europe may indicate a growing European malaise where xenophobia and anti-minority hatred is becoming acceptable. Yet events in Britain, where two men have been convicted for an era-defining racist murder, could herald a change in attitudes and be an example for the rest of Europe.
9 Jan 2012
Why has the Taliban opened an office in Qatar?
The Talibanís establishment of an office in Doha suggests a progression towards the transition long sought after by the United States. The choice of Qatar further cements the Gulf stateís ambition to be a diplomatic powerhouse.
4 Jan 2012