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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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Japan’s more activist security policy is arguably successful in design and implementation. It is, however, failing in how it is being presented to the public. Pacific Japan
Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank AIIB Founding Ceremony Analysis: The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank: a Test of Leadership for the US and China 17 Apr 2015
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Negotiators have made commendable progress in their effort to reach a comprehensive agreement. Yet disagreements on sanctions relief, inspections and centrifuge research could still prove insurmountable. Global Security Issues Iran's Nuclear Programme Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Strategy Middle East and North Africa Iran
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With Yemen in crisis, the announcement of a joint Arab military force indicates a new direction for Middle East regional security dynamics. Middle East and North Africa
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Recent efforts by the British government to take a strategic approach to disrupting serious and organised crime should be applauded. However cuts and the lack of funding to tackle key areas of organised crime is a major concern for future. Organised Crime
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In the weeks running up to the UK General Election, RUSI will host a series of debates and contributions covering defence and security. Defence Policy UK
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The establishment of 77 Brigade has drawn paralells with their famous historical counterparts. But how similar are these two unconventional forces? Cyber History
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The UK governments Prevent strategy on organised crime shifts away from a responsive law enforcement approach – but the domestic focus is still a missed opportunity. Organised Crime

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