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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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ISIS fighters Analysis: The Financial Fight Against Daesh 3 Mar 2015 by Tom Keatinge
2015 will be a critical year for the financial battle against Daesh. The focus on the group’s financing will undoubtedly restrict Daesh in Syria and Iraq, but the group is proliferating abroad. The international community needs to get ahead of the financial curve. Counter-insurgency Middle East and North Africa Syria Iraq
2014 NATO Flag Analysis: The Latgale People’s Republic? 23 Feb 2015 by Sarah Lain
Concerns over a Russian attempt to destabilise the Baltic States are valid, but should focus more on NATO’s need for deterrence rather than Russia’s strategic goals in Ukraine. Sarah Lain, Research Fellow at RUSI, examines NATO’s dilemma across the region. Europe Russia
The latest security challenges facing NATO Videos: The latest security challenges facing NATO 20 Feb 2015
A briefing by General Sir Adrian Bradshaw KCB OBE, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe, set against the backdrop of the latest security challenges facing NATO and how this will impact upon UK priorities and commitments UK Defence Global Strategy and Commitments Europe Russia UK
National Crime Agency [thumbnail] Analysis: Tackling Financial Crime: Information Sharing is Key 17 Feb 2015 by Tom Keatinge
Keith Bristow, Director General of the National Crime Agency has announced a ground-breaking public/private sector information sharing partnership aimed at better tackling financial crime. This initiative is to be welcomed, but in a globalised financial and criminal market, does it go far enough to tackle ‘a threat to national security.’ Resilience Europe UK
RAF plane in Iraq Analysis: Dealing With Daesh – The UK’s Role in the Coalition 11 Feb 2015 by Richard Barrett CMG OBE
As the coalition enters its sixth month of air strikes, a new parliamentary report analyses the UK’s response to the so-called Islamic State. What are the factors affecting policy-makers, and should the UK be doing more? Middle East and North Africa Syria Iraq Middle East Peace UK
Jordanian fighter jets Analysis: Jordan and Isis: ‘Until We Run Out of Fuel and Bullets’? 11 Feb 2015 by Shashank Joshi
Jordan has made good on its pledge to strike hard at Isis for the brutal murder of its downed pilot. But what are the risks to the Kingdom, and what more can it do? Syria Iraq Middle East Peace
Assessing the Coalition Strategy Against ISIS Videos: Assessing the Coalition Strategy Against ISIS 6 Feb 2015 by Professor Michael Clarke
Professor Michael Clarke, Director General of RUSI, examines the strategy to defeat the threat from extremists in Iraq and Syria. Counter-insurgency Middle East and North Africa Syria Iraq
Migrant ship Analysis: A New Form of Organised Crime: People Smuggling Across the Mediterranean 29 Jan 2015 by Sasha Jesperson
Over the New Year, two boats were intercepted by authorities, carrying migrants that have paid criminal groups to transport them to Europe through illegal means. The practice highlights the adaptability of organised crime groups, but also their increasingly businesslike nature. Organised Crime
Hizbullah Israel Analysis: Why Israel and Hizbullah Are Not Going to War 29 Jan 2015 by Michael Stephens
Tensions between Israel and Hizbullah have risen sharply in the past week, but despite the animosity between the two sides, regional strategic calculations mean both sides will step back from the brink of all out war. Israel Lebanon
Alexis Tspiras Analysis: The New Greek Government: Neither Left Nor Right Turn, But Wrong Turn 28 Jan 2015 by Dr Jonathan Eyal
Greece has elected a government bent on confronting Germany and the rest of the EU, and is determined to prove wrong those who believed that, once in power, rebel politicians become ‘responsible.’ European Union Europe

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Loves Labours Won RUSI Journal: Labours Lost and Won: Shakespeare and the Great War 2 Mar 2015 by Ashlee Godwin
How can Shakespeare shed light on a century-old conflict? The Great War
Korean DMZ RUSI Journal: Building the Bomb: Nuclear Proliferation in Authoritarian States 2 Mar 2015
Trench Gascoigne Winner, 2014: Authoritarian states share common characteristics that hinder their ability to develop nuclear weapons Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Strategy Middle East and North Africa The Gulf Region Iran North Korea
Sino-Russian summit RUSI Journal: The Bear and the Dragon: Same Old Suspicions or Real The Bear and the Dragon: Same Old Suspicions or Real 2 Mar 2015 by Sarah Lain
As the Ukraine crisis pushes Russia to turn to China as an alternative economic partner, it remains to be seen whether the relationship can be one of equals Global Security Issues Ukraine Russia China
Norwegian F-16 RUSI Journal: Is ‘Out of Area’ Also ‘Out of Control’? Small States in 2 Mar 2015
Norway’s experience during NATO’s 2011 intervention in Libya exemplifies the mounting challenges of coalition warfare for small states International Institutions NATO Libya
Chinook in Afghanistan RUSI Journal: Setting Ourselves up for a Fall in Afghanistan: Where Does Accountability Lie for Decision-Making in Helmand in 2005–06? 2 Mar 2015
The former commander of British forces in Afghanistan recalls the difficult decision-making that underwrote deployment to southern Afghanistan in 2006 UK Defence Afghanistan UK
UK reservist RUSI Journal: Whither MoE? Shifting Language and Thinking for the Evaluation of Military Activity 2 Mar 2015
Militaries need to rethink the way in which they evaluate activities in the age of ‘smart power’ Defence Policy UK Defence Armed Forces
Sierra Leone and AMISOM RUSI Journal: Sierra Leone’s Post-Conflict Peacekeepers: Sudan, Somalia and Ebola 2 Mar 2015 by Cathy Haenlein
With Western troop commitments to UN peacekeeping having shrunk since the 1990s, it is vital to understand what motivates poorer states to participate in peacekeeping operations International Institutions African Union United Nations Global Security Issues Africa
UK peacekeeping RUSI Journal: Back in Blue? A British Return to United Nations Peacekeeping 2 Mar 2015 by Adrian Johnson
As the UK considers its future defence strategy, it may opt for a modest re-engagement with UN peacekeeping operations International Institutions African Union United Nations Defence Policy Global Security Issues UK Defence UK
UN peacekeeping flag RUSI Journal: The Use of Force in UN Peacekeeping Operations: Problems and Prospects 2 Mar 2015
Future UN peacekeeping must be linked to political processes aimed at ending violent conflict, rather than continuing the trend towards more ‘robust’ mandates International Institutions African Union United Nations Global Security Issues
Bundestag Flag Military Thumbnail RUSI Defence Systems: German Defence Exports: Catching up with Political Reality 24 Feb 2015 by Dr Henrik Heidenkamp
Changes to Germany's export licence policy have significant consequences for European defence going forward Defence Management Defence Spending Europe Germany

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