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AbdulWahidMajeedSyria's First British Suicide Bomber: The UK Jihadist Backdrop The revelation that the Syrian conflict has perhaps claimed its first British suicide bomber poses urgent questions for the radical group he came from in the UK, and the threat from extremists radicalised over a long period of time.
14 Feb 2014

Typhoon take-off‘4.5 Generation’ Fighters – Multi Role Aircraft in Search of a Role Europe’s leading manufacturers are competing with each other to sell the latest generation fighters. But in an age of decreasing defence budgets, air forces around the world are being more cautious with their new purchases.
11 Feb 2014

Iraq flagIraq on the Edge of the Abyss With elections in 2014, the situation in Iraq may unravel, with ramifications not only for the stability of the Iraqi government, but for the broader security of Iraqis and even the integrity of Iraq itself.
3 Feb 2014

Geneva II Talks 220114 -  UN PhotoEskinder DebebeThe Syria Geneva-II Talks: ‘The Only Show in Town’ While both refuse to talk directly to each other, and threaten withdrawal at the slightest pretext, both sides realise that this dialogue is the only means acceptable to the international community to move forward.
29 Jan 2014

Iran's Nuclear Diplomacy: A Response from Oman For the Gulf as a whole, Iran’s nuclear ambitions represents the most serious ongoing threat to the security of the region as a whole. However, there is diversity of opinion, reflecting important differences in the strategic circumstances and historical experiences of each Gulf state.
28 Jan 2014

Egyptian flagIran's Nuclear Diplomacy: A Response from Egypt If Iran were to overtly cross the nuclear threshold, Egyptian restraint may be temporary, since Egypt may start its own nuclear programme or find itself fully supporting Saudi Arabia’s attempts to seek parity with Iran.
27 Jan 2014

Turkey Flag 2Iran's Nuclear Diplomacy: A Response from Turkey Turkey is wary of Iran’s nuclear programme and its development of ballistic missiles. Whilst Ankara pursues dialogue with Tehran,Turkey will also put in place conventional assets to help defend Turkish territory.
27 Jan 2014

Netanyahu Red LinesIran's Nuclear Diplomacy: A Response from Israel In Israel, unlike the West, there is no serious containment school, and any discussion of Israel’s response after the fact is, necessarily, highly speculative.
27 Jan 2014

Roberts_Saudi ArabiaIran’s Nuclear Diplomacy: A Response from Saudi Arabia This response first appeared in the RUSI Whitehall Paper An Uncertain Future: Regional Responses to Iran’s Nuclear Programme
8 Jan 2014

China Coast GuardChina’s New Coastguard: Not Handing Out Many Carrots (But Definitely Starting to Wield a Big Stick) China has unilaterally established a national fisheries zone in the international waters of the South China Sea, policed by a newly formed Coastguard. At first glance this seems as an attempt to de-militarise disputes in the region, when in fact it frees up the PLA Navy to pursue their blue water ambitions.
23 Jan 2014

US Flag StylizedThe United States Implements Defence Export Control Reforms Export controls for the US defence industry are being reformed. This is a strategic judgment by the Obama Administration where ‘higher fences around fewer items’ of very advanced technologies are designed to counter threats to the US from advanced states or near-peer competitors such as China.
22 Jan 2014

MoD PlaqueBuilding a Force for the Future: The UK Needs Depth not Breadth The former US Defense Secretary has expressed concerns about the UK’s ability to provide full spectrum defence capabilities. Yet, the UK has not had a full spectrum capability for a number of years. It is actually a more worrying lack of depth, not breadth of capabilities that concerns most British defence officials today.
17 Jan 2014

Turkey Erdogan Qatar TamimWhere Did it All Go Wrong? The Qatar-Turkey Power House Comes Up Short As the Arab Spring got underway, Turkey and Qatar came together on what seemed to be the right side of history. Now, all their regional bets have all but collapsed, as have their regional swagger. But their joint interests and partnerships are still relevant.
14 Jan 2014

Electricity PylonCutting the Cable: The Future of Wireless Power Though it has been around for over a hundred years, the idea of wireless electricity has been gathering momentum recently. Now, even the defence community is looking to revolutionise this technology for battlefield use.
14 Jan 2014

World War OneDealing With the ‘Blackadder’ View of the First World War: The Need for an Inclusive, Bi-Partisan Centenary The intervention of Education Secretary Michael Gove on the First World War suggests that the Centenary has become a political football. However, it is not too late to disentangle the Centenary of the First World War from crude partisan politics.
13 Jan 2014

WW1 home pageDealing With the ‘Blackadder’ view of the First World War: Were the Leaders Trapped by Circumstance? Michael Gove’s intervention on how we remember the First World War has sparked off a national debate. The Education Secretary is adopting a stance that helps give depth to issues of judgment, morality and education, as well as to the drivers of memory and identity.
13 Jan 2014

Dier Ezzor SyriaWill Things Break Apart in 2014? Security Predictions Ahead Making security predictions can be a perilous affair. Nevertheless, the events of last year offer us some background for calculated assessments for the year ahead.
7 Jan 2014

Putin 2012 thumbnailThe Volgograd Bombings and the Winter Olympics The Volgograd bombings have shown that even without a claim of responsibility that links them to the Games, terrorist attacks elsewhere in Russia can have almost as great an impact on World opinion as an attack on Sochi itself.
3 Jan 2014

Volgograd bombingThe Volgograd Bombings: the Latest Chapter in Putin’s War in the Caucasus The latest bombings in Russia is part of an ongoing war between Putin and Islamist rebels who feed upon a anti-federal, pan-Turkic and pan-Islamist narrative.
3 Jan 2014

China's Changing Policy towards Pakistan and Afghanistan under the New Leadership Beijing’s foreign policy work conference in October has revealed the Chinese government intends to deepen economic and security ties with Afghanistan and Pakistan. This shows the growing strategic importance that Beijing places on the region.
2 Jan 2014

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