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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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United Nations Analysis: Another War in Europe: Dispatches From The Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference 19 May 2015 by Andrea Berger
The EU won the Nobel Peace Prize for maintaining peace between European nations, but it has failed to prevent wars of words. Proof can be found at the UN, where battles between EU members could spoil the Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference. International Institutions United Nations Defence Policy Global Security Issues
ISIS convoy Analysis: The Fall of Ramadi: Daesh’s Next Move 19 May 2015 by Professor Gareth Stansfield
The reported fall of Ramadi to Daesh should not come as a surprise. The militants are now relying on their Shia opponents to give a brutal response which will allow them to consolidate and expand their popularity. Middle East and North Africa Iraq
Taliban  2 Analysis: Peace Talks Still the Main Game in Town 14 May 2015 by Emily Winterbotham
While talks in Doha between the Taliban and Afghan government were downplayed and big hurdles remain, there were some small signs of progress, which could help kick start the Afghan peace process. Afghanistan
European Union Flag Analysis: Five Reasons Why Militarising the EU Migration Plan Will Not Work Work 14 May 2015 by Peter Roberts
With news of regular tragedies involving migrants awash on Europe’s shores, the European Union is promising to respond to these through military means. But the political will just does not exist in Europe; neither can the hurdles be overcome easily. Maritime Forces Middle East and North Africa Europe
Ministry of Defence plaque Analysis: Defence and the Election Outcome 12 May 2015 by Professor Malcolm Chalmers
It is reasonable to assume that there will be a real-terms increase in the defence budget now that the Conservatives have full control of the government. However, commitments to future military interventions are less certain. UK Defence Defence Spending UK
India - Foreign Policy - Flag Analysis: Indian Defence Policy 11 May 2015 by Shashank Joshi
As India’s government approaches the end of its first year, has it made its mark on Indian defence policy? Central and South Asia India
Garland Shooting Perpetrators 2015 Analysis: The Texas Attack: An Expression of Daesh’s Reach? 11 May 2015 by Raffaello Pantucci
The jihadist movement known as Daesh has claimed responsibility for the aborted attack on an art contest in Texas. But other than shared motives, there are hardly anyreal linkages. Overreaction and misreading of the threat will merely play into their hands. Terrorism Tackling Extremism United States
UK General Election result - What Next for Europe? Videos: UK General Election result - What Next for Europe? 8 May 2015
On Friday 8 May, the Conservative Party formed the next government with a majority in the House of Parliament. With David Cameron promising an In/Out referendum on the European Union, are we to expect turbulence ahead? International Institutions European Union Europe UK
Law of the Sea Analysis: A Busy Week for Maritime Powers: There must be something in the water 6 May 2015 by Peter Roberts
Last week saw governments making statements about their values, intent and national interest through the medium of the sea. Distracted by emergency response in Nepal and elections at home, the United Kingdom was largely absent from this global maritime conversation. Maritime Forces Global Security Issues Middle East and North Africa
2014 NATO Flag Analysis: Rising European Defence Budgets? 1 May 2015 by Elizabeth Quintana, Dr Henrik Heidenkamp
A curious thing is happening in continental Europe: defence spending is rising. The United Kingdom may soon be among only a handful of nations with fewer resources for defence at a time of increasing commitments. Defence Policy UK Defence Defence Spending Europe UK

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Taranis 2 RUSI Defence Systems: Unmanned Combat Air Systems: An Autonomous Revolution on the Horizon 22 May 2015
Unmanned Combat Air Systems offer the potential to revolutionise air power – but they still need to mature and require a range of technologies and close partnership between operators and industry Aerospace Technology Equipment and Acquisitions
EU Iran negotiation RUSI Newsbrief: The Iranian Nuclear Negotiations: Not a Done Deal 1 May 2015 by Professor Ali Ansari
Divergent narratives on the preliminary framework agreement reached in Lausanne should temper the enthusiasm that greeted it in the West. European Union Global Security Issues Iran's Nuclear Programme Middle East and North Africa Israel Iran Germany France UK United States
Abbey Wood 2 RUSI Newsbrief: Improving Defence Acquisition: The Debate Continues 1 May 2015 by Professor Trevor Taylor
Reforms to UK defence-acquisition processes have been labelled a success – but have they had a real impact? (Free access) Defence Management UK Defence Equipment and Acquisitions UK
F-35 Lightning II RUSI Newsbrief: The Reform of Defence Equipment and Support: In Need of Colour? 1 May 2015 by Professor John Louth
A year on from the overhaul of government-owned, contractor-operated management structures, reform of the UK’s Defence Equipment and Support organisation continues to reveal a lack of creativity Defence Management UK Defence Equipment and Acquisitions UK
Libya flag mural RUSI Newsbrief: The Threat Posed by Daesh in Libya 1 May 2015
Despite the real threat posed by Daesh in Libya, its strength and coherence should not be exaggerated; the group remains only a single component in the country’s complex jihadist landscape Terrorism Tackling Extremism The War on Terror Middle East and North Africa Libya
Ashraf Ghani RUSI Newsbrief: Ghani’s Peace Process: Strategic Alignment or Dangerous Appeasement? 1 May 2015
President Ghani wants to rebuild Afghanistan’s relations with its neighbours. Could his new strategic engagement help build long-term peace in the conflict-ridden country? Afghanistan Pakistan
Narendra Modi 2 RUSI Newsbrief: The New Dimension to Indo–Israeli Defence Ties 1 May 2015
Despite strengthening defence co-operation with Israel, the Indian government’s emphasis on the issue of technology transfer reflects a longer-term ambition to promote local defence production Central and South Asia India Middle East and North Africa Israel
Estonian troops RUSI Newsbrief: NATO’s Eastern Flank: Rebuilding Deterrence? 1 May 2015
In the face of Russian belligerence, more sophisticated deterrence is required on NATO’s eastern flank. The UK, together with the Baltic States, should assume a greater role in providing this NATO UK Defence Global Strategy and Commitments Europe Germany Turkey Ukraine France Russia UK
Vladimir Putin 2 RUSI Newsbrief: Russian Rearmament: Putin’s Key Priorities 1 May 2015 by Dr Igor Sutyagin
While the Russian economy continues to suffer under Western sanctions, Moscow continues to invest heavily in upgrading its military capabilities Aerospace Land Forces Maritime Forces NATO Global Security Issues Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Strategy Europe Russia
UNMISS RUSI Newsbrief: The UK Contribution to UN Peacekeeping: The Case of South Sudan 1 May 2015
While small in personnel terms, the UK’s contribution to the UN Mission in South Sudan adds significant value – and reciprocal benefits. A new UK government should consider expanding this form of engagement with UN operations International Institutions United Nations UK Africa Sudan

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