Why has the Taliban opened an office in Qatar?
The Taliban’s establishment of an office in Doha suggests a progression towards the transition long sought after by the United States. The choice of Qatar further cements the Gulf state’s ambition to be a diplomatic powerhouse.
4 Jan 2012
Somalia's 2012 Agenda
Somalia has until August to complete political reform, inaugurate a new constitution and hold national elections before the end of the transitional period. It must also capitalise on the Kenyan incursion to rout Al-Shabaab and establish security in this enduring weak state, making 2012 a make-or-break year for Somalia.
4 Jan 2012
The Dear Leader is dead, will the regime follow?
As North Korea’s leadership transitions, Kim Jong-un will have to contend with a region that is undergoing significant geopolitical change whilst also dealing with possible challenges to his own fledgling regime.
20 Dec 2011
VIDEO: Perspectives for 2012
RUSI Director General Professor Michael Clarke offers his defence and international security perspectives for the year ahead.
16 Dec 2011
China 2012: the Year of the Dragon
In 2012, the Asia-Pacific region will not be immune to transition, and China's dominant role will be emphasised in its relationship with Taiwan and the wider region.
16 Dec 2011
Afghans must take ownership of security in 2012
With President Obama’s decision to reduce troop numbers throughout 2012 in Afghanistan, there will be an urgent emphasis to support Afghan forces fully take charge of their national security.
14 Dec 2011
A Typhoon over Japan?
On 16 December Japan will decide the winning aircraft bid for the 'F-X' programme. Along with the usual technical considerations, the bidding process has sparked larger strategic questions for the direction of Japan's national security and could pave the way for greater European involvement in Asia.
14 Dec 2011
Is Putin Best Placed to Subvert a 'Russian Spring'?
The anti-government protests following the Russian parliamentary elections on 4 December are indicative of a growing enmity towards the ruling elites. Yet, the ruling elites have opted to re-instate Vladimir Putin as President next year as they see him as the best candidate to shield them from widespread disenchantment unravelling before them
8 Dec 2011
The Gulf's food security dilemma
Food security is an important geopolitical consideration for Gulf countries concerned with rising food demand in the face of low production rates and vast imports. In order to maintain food security, imports will remain vital, as well as ensuring the physical security of international and domestic supplies.
6 Dec 2011
Autumn Statement 2011: Opportunities for Infrastructure Security and Resilience
The Chancellor's Autumn Statement and the concurrent launch of the 2011 Infrastructure Plan present great opportunities for investment in the UK's infrastructure. But in addition to economic considerations, cautious fund managers will need to rely on the security and risk advisory community to help with investment decisions.
5 Dec 2011
The Euro-debt crisis: from finance to geopolitics?
The current European financial and debt crisis has highlighted Germany's increasing power and amplified Berlin's influence over the EU. The implications remain unknown but British engagement could temper excessive German influence from within and create a stronger and more globally-minded Europe.
2 Dec 2011
Devaluing the Dual-Track Approach to Iran
With the ransacking of the British embassy in Tehran, the West has further shrunk its repository of policy options, leaving sanctions as the policy tool of choice. However, while sanctions may slow Iran's forays into the nuclear field, they are unlikely to divert their course entirely.
2 Dec 2011
ANALYSIS PODCAST: Women in Defence
Women from the highest ranks of defence forces from ten countries have been meeting at a conference to celebrate their achievement and discuss the issues they face. Lizz Pearson talks to the organisers of the conference and finds out that the issues are less about gender and more about sharing expertise.
30 Nov 2011
The Independent Commission Report: A New Start for Bahrain?
The Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry's (BICI) report has surprised many with its balanced findings into February's violence. But King Hamad must begin a reform process now instead of setting up another talking shop.
29 Nov 2011
VIDEO: Is Russia Threatening Missile Defence
On 23 November, Russian President Medvedev made an important address to the Russian people in which he underlined hostility towards European Missile Defence. Is this further evidence of a divergent attitudes towards nuclear security?
25 Nov 2011