Mohammed Merah - Lone Wolf or Al-Qa'ida Operative?
He bore the hallmarks of a trained and motivated operative, but it is unclear whether the Toulouse self-confessed terrorist, Mohammed Merah. was an Al-Qa'ida foot soldier. What is apparent is that that he was motivated by both the street-cool allure of extremism, and the grievances that are common to many young radicalised Muslims in the West.
23 Mar 2012
The Challenges of Keeping Libya Together
The province of Cyrenaica is the latest region to have announced its intention to have greater autonomy in Libya. Being the birthplace of the Libyan revolution, this has drawn the ire of the fragile National Transitional Council in Tripoli. Asserting its control will involve firmer security control and a rapid transition to democracy.
23 Mar 2012
The Falklands: The Security Equation in 2012
Megaphone diplomacy precedes the forthcoming thirtieth anniversary of the Falklands War. But the stakes are too high for Argentina to turn the rhetoric into another armed conflict.
16 Mar 2012
What Ends a War? The Limits of Bosnia-Syria Parallels
The military option is still on the table as the atrocities in Syria continue. But what is the best template for intervention? For all its successes, the example of Bosnia in the mid-1990s is not one of them.
14 Mar 2012
Not Over Yet – The Bloody Battle for Helmand Continues
The death of six British servicemen, pushing British deaths in Afghanistan over 400, is a sober reminder that the Helmand campaign is still far from over. Leaders, both military and civilian, still have to overcome serious challenges if there is to be a peaceful transition in 2014.
9 Mar 2012
Putin's Return: Much of the Same, Only Older
The less-than-convincing victory of Vladimir Putin in the Russian presidential election suggests a presidency that may be a little more liberal and a little less authoritarian. But Putin is unlikely to change his tune as he delivers on his election promise: that Russia must be feared.
5 Mar 2012
Is a Nuclear Iran as Dangerous As We Think?
Pessimists warn that a nuclear Iran cannot be safely contained. But these risks - irrational behaviour, nuclear safety, and further proliferation - need to be dispassionately assessed and put into context.
27 Feb 2012
Attacking Iran: Up in the air
RUSI's Malcolm Chalmers talks to The Economist newspaper on the risks involved in a pre-emptive strike against Iran's nuclear programme
27 Feb 2012
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