The Emerging Military Dimension to the Qatari-Turkish Relationship
The latest military agreement between Qatar and Turkey has been a long-time in the making. It is also an expression of dated defence thinking in Gulf states that looks to military purchases and agreements with foreign powers rather than sustainable capacity building.
16 Mar 2015
Can Chad Tip the Balance against Boko Haram?
As Boko Haram pledges allegiance to Daesh, recent military successes spearheaded by Chadian forces bode well for the new multilateral response to the group. But, without a longer-term domestic political and military strategy, hopes for an enduring solution to the insurgency should not be raised.
12 Mar 2015
The Financial Fight Against Daesh
2015 will be a critical year for the financial battle against Daesh. The focus on the group’s financing will undoubtedly restrict Daesh in Syria and Iraq, but the group is proliferating abroad. The international community needs to get ahead of the financial curve.
3 Mar 2015
The Latgale People’s Republic?
Concerns over a Russian attempt to destabilise the Baltic States are valid, but should focus more on NATO’s need for deterrence rather than Russia’s strategic goals in Ukraine. Sarah Lain, Research Fellow at RUSI, examines NATO’s dilemma across the region.
23 Feb 2015
Tackling Financial Crime: Information Sharing is Key
Keith Bristow, Director General of the National Crime Agency has announced a ground-breaking public/private sector information sharing partnership aimed at better tackling financial crime. This initiative is to be welcomed, but in a globalised financial and criminal market, does it go far enough to tackle ‘a threat to national security.’
17 Feb 2015
Dealing With Daesh – The UK’s Role in the Coalition
As the coalition enters its sixth month of air strikes, a new parliamentary report analyses the UK’s response to the so-called Islamic State. What are the factors affecting policy-makers, and should the UK be doing more?
11 Feb 2015
A New Form of Organised Crime: People Smuggling Across the Mediterranean
Over the New Year, two boats were intercepted by authorities, carrying migrants that have paid criminal groups to transport them to Europe through illegal means. The practice highlights the adaptability of organised crime groups, but also their increasingly businesslike nature.
29 Jan 2015
Why Israel and Hizbullah Are Not Going to War
Tensions between Israel and Hizbullah have risen sharply in the past week, but despite the animosity between the two sides, regional strategic calculations mean both sides will step back from the brink of all out war.
29 Jan 2015
Kidnap 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
Murders 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
Will 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
Russia’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