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Turkey Erdogan Qatar TamimThe 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

Abubakar ShekauCan 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

ISIS fightersThe 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

2014 NATO FlagThe 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

National Crime Agency [thumbnail]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

RAF plane in IraqDealing 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

Jordanian fighter jetsJordan and Isis: ‘Until We Run Out of Fuel and Bullets’? Jordan has made good on its pledge to strike hard at Isis for the brutal murder of its downed pilot. But what are the risks to the Kingdom, and what more can it do?
11 Feb 2015

Migrant shipA 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

Hizbullah IsraelWhy 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

Alexis TspirasThe New Greek Government: Neither Left Nor Right Turn, But Wrong Turn Greece has elected a government bent on confronting Germany and the rest of the EU, and is determined to prove wrong those who believed that, once in power, rebel politicians become ‘responsible.’
28 Jan 2015

lake chad basin flag 2Is Big Brother in Trouble? Regionalisation of the Boko Haram Crisis Challenges Nigeria’s Leadership Position Nigeria’s inability to tackle Boko Haram has prompted neighbouring countries to look for external assistance and challenge Nigeria’s claim to leadership in West Africa.
26 Jan 2015

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

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