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Annual Chief of the Defence Staff Lecture
In his annual lecture to the Royal United Services Institute in London, the Chief of the Defence Staff said the Taliban ...

General Petraeus and Ambassador Sedwill: The International Mission in Afghanistan
General David H. Petraeus and Ambassador Mark Sedwell delivered speeches at RUSI today concerning the ongoing International Mission in Afghanistan and ...

General Petraeus and Ambassador Sedwill: The International Mission in Afghanistan
General David H. Petraeus and Ambassador Mark Sedwell delivered speeches at RUSI today concerning the ongoing International Mission in Afghanistan and ...

Afghanistan: Lessons for the Future
A lecture by the Rt Hon Jim Murphy MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Defence. Jim Murphy talked about the priorities for ...

Taliban Perspectives on Reconciliation
Presenting the findings and policy implications of a new RUSI briefing paper on Taliban reconciliation. ...

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Al-Shabaab Somalia Analysis: Al-Qa'ida's August Surprise? 5 Aug 2013 by Raffaello Pantucci
US officials are speaking of a level of terrorist chatter as high as that prior to 11 September 2001. With Embassy closures across the Muslim world, large-scale prison breaks in Iraq, Libya and Pakistan, the threat tempo is rising. Is Al-Qa'ida planning an August surprise? Terrorism Al-Qa'ida Middle East and North Africa Pakistan Central and South Asia
Opium poppy growers Analysis: Afghanistan's Opium Trade: Why Britain Should Not Kick the Drug Habit after 2014 12 Jul 2013 by Charlie Edwards
As British troops depart Afghanistan, increasing production of opium and heroin in the country remains a cause for concern. There is a clear need for the British government to continue funding counter-narcotics programmes, and work with regional partners, including Iran. UK Europe Afghanistan Central and South Asia
Jnl 1583 Ucko thumb RUSI Journal: The Five Fallacies of Clear-Hold-Build 27 Jun 2013
The current approach to counter-insurgency relies on a clear-hold-build axiom that has proved repeatedly unsuccessful: a different understanding of the questions underpinning the doctrine can help rectify some of its fallacies Counter-insurgency Afghanistan Central and South Asia
201307 NB Pantucci thumbnail RUSI Newsbrief: Beyond the Ladakh Border Dispute 24 Jun 2013 by Raffaello Pantucci
The relationship between China and India will be critical to future regional dynamics but ongoing uncertainty over the Ladakh border threatens to undermine the two countries’ efforts at co-operation. India Central and South Asia China Pacific Pakistan Afghanistan
Taliban Negotiations Begin Videos: Taliban Negotiations Begin 20 Jun 2013 by Professor Michael Clarke
Professor Michael Clarke, Director General RUSI, assesses the significance of the United States entering into negotiations with the Taliban. Afghanistan Central and South Asia Counter-insurgency
201305 NB Johnson thumbnail RUSI Newsbrief: Mr Emmerson Takes on Washington 3 May 2013 by Adrian Johnson
With a UN panel now investigating US drone strikes, the mounting backlash against targeted killing highlights the political costs of drone warfare (Free access) United States Americas United Nations International Institutions Aerospace Pakistan Central and South Asia The War on Terror Terrorism
201305 NB Quentin thumbnail RUSI Newsbrief: Meeting the Challenge: Notes from the (Air-)Field 3 May 2013 by Peter Quentin
Despite the challenges, the early stages of the British redeployment from Afghanistan appear to be progressing well Equipment and Acquisitions UK Defence Armed Forces Afghanistan Central and South Asia UK Europe NATO International Institutions
201305 NB Louth thumbnail RUSI Newsbrief: The Challenge of the UK Redeployment from Afghanistan 3 May 2013 by Professor John Louth
With twenty months left before the departure of ISAF combat troops, the enormous logistical challenge of withdrawal is becoming increasingly clear Armed Forces UK Defence Afghanistan Central and South Asia UK Europe Equipment and Acquisitions NATO International Institutions
Musharraf Analysis: Musharraf’s Arrest: No Meddling From Pakistan’s Military, For Now 23 Apr 2013
Former President Pervez Musharraf is now in custody as a result of a fateful decision to sack judges in 2007. His arrest is unprecedented as the Pakistani military refrains from intervening in a case which will see a military ruler indicted for the first time. Pakistan Central and South Asia
ANA Soldier Head Analysis: The Afghan National Army: An Army for the Nation? 14 Mar 2013
The Afghan National Army is seen by many policy-makers as the only viable 'exit strategy' for NATO forces. While NATO has made significant progress in developing it as a professional armed force, the army has major hurdles ahead before it attains full control in 2015. Afghanistan Central and South Asia
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