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A Return to East of Suez?
UK Military Deployment to the Gulf

Britain may be on course to become more directly involved in Gulf security as the US reorients towards the Far East and Pacific Rim.

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US-China Analysis: The US-China relationship: on a downward spiral? 29 Jun 2015 by Edward Schwarck
Officials from the US and China put on brave faces at the recently concluded US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue. Tensions in the maritime and cyber realms, however, are threatening to send the relationship into a downward spiral. China United States
ISIS fighters Analysis: Why is Daesh not Being Defeated – In Five Questions 29 Jun 2015 by Afzal Ashraf
These five questions address the current role of Daesh and the threat it is posing to the rest of the world, asking why it is not being defeated and how it could potentially be defeated. Particularly following the recent attacks in France and Tunisia, it is clear that Daesh is strong and unless it is eliminated, one cannot hope for peace and stability. Terrorism Middle East and North Africa
Seifeddine Rezgui Analysis: Why Tunisia and What Next? 29 Jun 2015 by Jonathan Githens-Mazer
Following last week’s attacks in Tunisia, the focus has been on why Tunisia was targeted and what could potentially happen next. The rest of the world now needs to come together to support Tunisia’s democracy and economy, in order to successfully fight Daesh and counteract its ‘us vs. them’ view of the world. Terrorism Middle East and North Africa
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Afghanistan could potentially become the centre of cooperation, not competition, between India and China, the two main Asian powers. This can only be achieved if problems and barriers are overcome and small-scale initiatives are implemented in order to stabilise Afghanistan. India Afghanistan China
China soldiers Analysis: Sino-Indian Cooperation for a Stable and Prosperous Afghanistan 24 Jun 2015
As US and ISAF troops are drawn down in Afghanistan, it is becoming increasingly clear that the void left by the withdrawing nations might have to be filled by Afghanistan’s neighbours. Central and South Asia India Afghanistan Pacific China
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Afghanistan Analysis: Afghanistan Regional Stability: The Role of Chinese and Indian Cooperation 24 Jun 2015
Over the past three years, RUSI has conducted a research project bringing together influential thinkers from China, India, the UK and Afghanistan in a number of workshops in Beijing, New Delhi and Qatar. The aim was to outline areas of common interest between China and India in Afghanistan. As part of this project, we asked Indian and Chinese researchers to offer their perspectives on where Delhi and Beijing could cooperate. Central and South Asia Afghanistan
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Following the announcement of British deaths in Iraq and Somalia, it has become clear that foreign fighters are attracted to various battlefields. However, there has been a noticeable shift away from Somalia to Syria/Iraq in travel patterns from the UK. Understanding why and how this has taken place might offer some ideas for how to stifle some of the attraction of Syria and Iraq. Terrorism Middle East and North Africa Syria Iraq
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Despite a regulatory environment perceived by many as stringent, the UK has a reputation as a global hub for money-laundering. Over the next two years, the UK Government will prepare itself for an assessment of its anti money-laundering and counter terrorist-financing efforts. Organised Crime UK

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A series of exhibitions in London over the past six months have acted as a reminder of the power of the visual arts in interpreting the memory of war Art and Culture History
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The current debate on defence logistics points to a series of complex challenges that private-public collaboration must address in order to provide this essential component of defence Defence Management UK Defence Equipment and Acquisitions Armed Forces
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French experiences with the Milan and Javelin weapon systems show the vital importance of the relationship between man and machine Land Forces Military Personnel Technology France
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Governments must avoid overreaction if they are to avoid falling into the classic terrorist trap Terrorism The decade after 9/11 Tackling Extremism International Responses Emergency Response
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Russia’s recent actions in Ukraine call for an analysis of the potential future scenarios that NATO and its member states should prepare for – especially in the Baltics NATO Germany Ukraine France Russia UK United States
Chinese fleet RUSI Journal: Time to Recognise the Danger, Or: Whatever Happened to the China-Watchers? 18 Jun 2015
Cuts to the UK’s foreign and defence budgets have imperilled the country’s ability to wield power and exercise influence strategically within the international arena Defence Policy UK Defence Global Strategy and Commitments Defence Spending
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Operation Mare Nostrum offers pertinent lessons as the EU seeks to get a grip on the burgeoning migrant crisis Maritime Forces International Institutions European Union Global Security Issues Libya Europe
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