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China flagChina’s Stock Market Crash Threatens Her Global Power Ambitions China’s stock market crash is not the beginning of a global economic downturn, or the start of a Chinese recession. But it is a reminder of just how fragile China remains, and how far it still is from the status of a global power.
27 Aug 2015

Finace currencyTerror on the Cheap: Financing Lone Actor and Small Cell Attacks As recent reports highlight the increasing risk of Daesh-inspired lone actor or small cell homeland terrorist attacks, an urgent recalibration of terrorist-finance disruption efforts is required to include both funds flowing to Syria/Iraq and those raised to be used at home.
17 Aug 2015

Financial crimeNavigating Sanctions: HM Treasury Guides Half the Way The UK Summer Budget provided more detail and commitment of HM Treasury’s plans to establish an Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation. It is a welcome initiative but needs to ensure both compliance and critically, facilitate continued trade, if it is to succeed.
30 Jul 2015

Serrat_money_thumbnailAnti-Money Laundering and its Challenges International anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism finance (AML/CTF) standards are largely governed by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). FATF’s strength rests on its ability to demonstrate that its efforts are advancing global AML/CTF. But is FATF free from challenges to its own existence?
19 Aug 2015

Organised CrimeDoes Crime Still Pay? The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA) was brought in to galvanise law enforcement’s efforts to undermine the criminal business model and to remove one of the major drivers of organised and acquisitive crime – financial gain. Despite the recent legislative changes[i], has this initial policy aim been forgotten?
21 Jul 2015

EU Iran negotiationExplaining UN 'Snapback' in the Iran Deal Mechanisms for dispute resolution and sanctions ‘snap back’ will be amongst the most important of the new Iran deal. They are also the most difficult to understand, and contain potentially problematic areas of ambiguity.
16 Jul 2015

Iran Nuclear negotiations March 2015The Iran Deal: the 25-year Road from Vienna The Iranian nuclear deal agreed in Vienna may be one of the most important post-Cold War diplomatic accords. But it is important to understand how it evolves over the coming decades.
16 Jul 2015

Tackling Organised Crime and Illicit FinanceSerious and Organised Crime in the Digital Age The National Strategic Assessment of Serious and Organised crime highlights the growing significance of technology in driving criminal innovation; however, as many police forces struggle to adapt to the digital age, this raises questions about the UK’s ability to tackle the evolving threat.
15 Jul 2015

Financial crimeThe Suspicious Activity Reports Regime: Information Sharing at the Heart of Tackling Financial Crime Information sharing provisions in the context of the fight against money-laundering and counter terrorism finance (AML/CTF) are obsolete and unable to respond to current challenges and threats. The system of reporting suspicious activity needs urgent updating.
15 Jul 2015

RAFTo Defeat Daesh Start with Their Strategy Defeating Daesh means more than air campaigns and counter-extremism: it means understanding, and working to counter their strategy and their resonance.
6 Jul 2015

Obama and CameronOut of Line: The UK and US Response to Kidnap-For-Ransom Until last week, the UK Government’s position on terrorist-related kidnap-for-ransom (KfR) mirrored that of the United States: no payments and no concessions. But the result of a six month White House review of US hostage response has created a dilemma for the Prime Minister.
6 Jul 2015

Michael Fallon 3Should the UK bomb Daesh in Syria? Britain’s Defence Secretary Michael Fallon is toying with the idea of asking parliament for permission to expand Britain’s campaign of airstrikes from Iraq into Syria. His impulse should be tempered with a sense of strategy.
3 Jul 2015

Greece EuroWhy Europe, and Greece, may survive this crisis There are no good choices with Greece: regardless of how the country votes in a referendum on Sunday, Greece will remain a constant problem in Europe. But far from threatening the stability of the continent, the Greek tragedy may reinforce some European principles.
2 Jul 2015

Obama and Xi thumbThe US-China relationship: on a downward spiral? 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.
29 Jun 2015

ISIS fightersWhy is Daesh not Being Defeated – In Five Questions 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.
29 Jun 2015

Seifeddine RezguiWhy Tunisia and What Next? 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.
29 Jun 2015

Afghanistan counterinsurgencyAfghanistan: A Platform for Cooperation between India and China? 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.
24 Jun 2015

China soldiersSino-Indian Cooperation for a Stable and Prosperous Afghanistan 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.
24 Jun 2015

India - Foreign Policy - FlagAfghanistan: Can it be a Template for India, China Cooperation? One of the most troubling, but fundamental, questions confronting India is its relationship with China. While India wants a mutually beneficial and cooperative relationship that is conflict-free and cordial, does China want a similar relationship with India?
24 Jun 2015

AfghanistanAfghanistan Regional Stability: The Role of Chinese and Indian Cooperation 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.
24 Jun 2015

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