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Theresa May RusiKidnap for Ransom: Helpful Clarification or Unnecessary Complication? The UK government’s recently published Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill contains what the Home Secretary described as a ‘clarification’ for the kidnap insurance industry. Given that policies already exclude payments in breach of laws or sanctions, has the Bill provided clarification or has it added unnecessary complication?
8 Jan 2015

Marine Le PenMurders in Paris: A Boon for European Islamophobes The terrorist attacks in France encourage a new European trend: the argument that, supposedly, Islam is incompatible with European cultures, and that Muslims cannot be integrated into European societies. Both these views must be fought by mainstream European leaders.
8 Jan 2015

Je suis CharlieJe Suis Charlie: Questions and Implications of the Attack on Charlie Hebdo The Charlie Hebdo attack raises a number of pressing concerns; however, its implications for the wider terrorist threat cannot be fully understood until key questions about the perpetrators are answered.
8 Jan 2015

Putin in CrimeaWill Economics Threaten Putin’s Position? The slide in the value of the Rouble reveals weaknesses in the Russian economy. However, it is unclear whether such difficulties will loosen President’s Putin’s grip on power.
23 Dec 2014

Gender and Leadership: How Should Women Lead in Defence?The Battle for Equality is Only Just Starting The Government's Women in Ground Close Combat (GCC) review paper is a positive first step, but more is required for true gender equality in the forces
19 Dec 2014

Man Haron MonisLearning Lessons from the Sydney Siege: How did Man Haron Monis Slip Through the Net? The tragic end to the hostage situation in Sydney’s Central Business District has, in many ways, left more questions than answers for the Australian government and public.
18 Dec 2014

Russia InsigniaRussia’s ‘South Stream’ is Closed, but Nothing has Changed In cancelling South Stream in exchange for a deal with Turkey, Russia is attempting to maintain the economic benefits of a share of the European gas market whilst steering clear of the sticky political issues that accompany it.
18 Dec 2014

2015 - Year Ahead2015: RUSI Experts Examine Year Ahead Analysts at the Royal United Services Institute look ahead at the issues affecting defence and security in 2015.
17 Dec 2014

Currencies Financial CrimePartnership and Accountability are the Key to Tackling Financial Crime The launch of RUSI’s new Centre for Financial Crime & Security Studies comes at a time when new initiatives are seeking to bridge the gulf in trust and partnership between the public and private sectors.
16 Dec 2014

ISIS Fighter in Iraq alalamISIS and Sexual Violence: A Very Deliberate Strategy The use of rape and abuse as psychological weapons by ISIS forces has raised questions on how best to protect vulnerable civilians in warzones
28 Nov 2014

US Airstrikes on ISIS positions near KobaneWestern Operations Against ISIS: Holding Back in Syria Unlike the United States, British military operations in Iraq have not been extended into Syria. This distinction may not make sense at an operational level, but it reflects continuing uncertainty as to the direction of US policy towards the Assad regime.
24 Nov 2014

MINUSMA PeacekeepersWill the UN Review Fix Peacekeeping? United Nations peacekeeping operations are once again under review. But is the political consensus on them unravelling?
24 Nov 2014

steinmeierGermany and Israel: A ‘Special Relationship’ With on-going tensions in Jerusalem, the announcement of a new warship deal demonstrates continued German support for Israel.
20 Nov 2014

Iran nuclearIran Nuclear talks: the Final Stretch After twelve years of interwoven diplomacy and pressure, the Iranian nuclear dispute is entering what could be its final stretch.
19 Nov 2014

Iran flagUnnecessarily ‘Weaponising’ the Iran Talks will Scuttle Them Demanding that Iran come clean on all military dimensions of its nuclear programme will kill any hope of a negotiated settlement.
19 Nov 2014

Testament of Youth thumbTestament of Youth: The Voice of a Generation? James Kent’s film misunderstands the original purpose of Vera Brittain’s memoir but succeeds in portraying her personal traumas
11 Nov 2014

GCHQAre Security Authorities Justified in Demanding More Cooperation from Internet Companies? The new head of GCHQ, the UK’s electronic listening station, has started his tenure with controversy by stating that ‘privacy is not an absolute right’, and tech firms must cooperate with authorities. His controversial remarks are however rooted in precedence.
7 Nov 2014

Lone soldier HelmandBritain’s Fourth Afghan War This week, UK Armed Forces formally ended combat operations in Helmand. British troops return from Afghanistan not with a victory, but a score draw away from home; a job well done in unpropitious circumstances.
28 Oct 2014

British troops HelmandBackgrounder: Afghanistan As Britain withdraws from Afghanistan, RUSI analyses the course and strategic objectives of the war.
28 Oct 2014

ISIS fightersDefeating ISIS: How Financial Liabilities will Undo the Jihadists The scrutiny of ISIS’ financing has focused almost exclusively on the vast resources it has accumulated. Yet as it has expanded, it has also been gathering financial liabilities which, if the international community is patient, could be its ultimate undoing.
27 Oct 2014

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