Commentary

The Struggle for the Presidency in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq Even without the challenge posed by Daesh, the Kurds of Iraq face a bumpy road ahead this summer with unresolved internal challenges within the Kurdish region itself.
2 Jun 2015

United NationsAnother War in Europe: Dispatches From The Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference The EU won the Nobel Peace Prize for maintaining peace between European nations, but it has failed to prevent wars of words. Proof can be found at the UN, where battles between EU members could spoil the Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference.
19 May 2015

ISIS convoyThe Fall of Ramadi: Daesh’s Next Move The reported fall of Ramadi to Daesh should not come as a surprise. The militants are now relying on their Shia opponents to give a brutal response which will allow them to consolidate and expand their popularity.
19 May 2015

Taliban  2Peace Talks Still the Main Game in Town While talks in Doha between the Taliban and Afghan government were downplayed and big hurdles remain, there were some small signs of progress, which could help kick start the Afghan peace process.
14 May 2015

European Union FlagFive Reasons Why Militarising the EU Migration Plan Will Not Work Work With news of regular tragedies involving migrants awash on Europe’s shores, the European Union is promising to respond to these through military means. But the political will just does not exist in Europe; neither can the hurdles be overcome easily.
14 May 2015

Ministry of Defence plaqueDefence and the Election Outcome It is reasonable to assume that there will be a real-terms increase in the defence budget now that the Conservatives have full control of the government. However, commitments to future military interventions are less certain.
12 May 2015

India - Foreign Policy - FlagIndian Defence Policy As India’s government approaches the end of its first year, has it made its mark on Indian defence policy?
11 May 2015

Garland Shooting Perpetrators 2015The Texas Attack: An Expression of Daesh’s Reach? The jihadist movement known as Daesh has claimed responsibility for the aborted attack on an art contest in Texas. But other than shared motives, there are hardly anyreal linkages. Overreaction and misreading of the threat will merely play into their hands.
11 May 2015

Law of the SeaA Busy Week for Maritime Powers: There must be something in the water Last week saw governments making statements about their values, intent and national interest through the medium of the sea. Distracted by emergency response in Nepal and elections at home, the United Kingdom was largely absent from this global maritime conversation.
6 May 2015

2014 NATO FlagRising European Defence Budgets? A curious thing is happening in continental Europe: defence spending is rising. The United Kingdom may soon be among only a handful of nations with fewer resources for defence at a time of increasing commitments.
1 May 2015

Conservative LogoAre the Conservatives the Sole Custodians of UK Defence? The Conservatives have historically touted themselves as the party to be trusted with the UK’s defence and foreign policy, arguments which were duly repeated during the current electoral campaign. However, in practice, their record may diverge from such claims.
1 May 2015

Abe and Japanese flag thumbJapan’s PR Strategy: Narratives in the Information Age Japan’s more activist security policy is arguably successful in design and implementation. It is, however, failing in how it is being presented to the public.
20 Apr 2015

Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank AIIB Founding CeremonyThe Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank: a Test of Leadership for the US and China China has established a global financial institution that focuses on building roads, railways and other key infrastructure projects crucial to development in Asia. Though there are concerns raised by the United States, the formulation of the AIIB ties China further into a multilateral system.
17 Apr 2015

Iran flagIranian Sanctions and the Banking Sector: Once Bitten Twice Shy The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action between Iran and the P5+1 was almost universally welcomed. But can the P5+1 deliver the promised sanctions relief? Or will banks, heavily fined for breaching Iranian sanctions remain risk-averse, restricting opportunity for economic growth?
13 Apr 2015

Iran Nuclear negotiations March 2015Iran Nuclear Negotiations: Commendable Progress, Persistent Obstacles Negotiators have made commendable progress in their effort to reach a comprehensive agreement. Yet disagreements on sanctions relief, inspections and centrifuge research could still prove insurmountable.
10 Apr 2015

President Sisi of EgyptAn Arab Army – The Rise of Interventionism in the Middle East With Yemen in crisis, the announcement of a joint Arab military force indicates a new direction for Middle East regional security dynamics.
30 Mar 2015

NCA Uniform with GunDisrupting Organised Crime: Finding the Money Recent efforts by the British government to take a strategic approach to disrupting serious and organised crime should be applauded. However cuts and the lack of funding to tackle key areas of organised crime is a major concern for future.
26 Mar 2015

Orde Wingate77 Brigade and Orde Wingate’s Real Heirs The establishment of 77 Brigade has drawn paralells with their famous historical counterparts. But how similar are these two unconventional forces?
30 Mar 2015

organisedcrimejpgPreventing Serious and Organised Crime Needs to Move Upstream The UK governments Prevent strategy on organised crime shifts away from a responsive law enforcement approach – but the domestic focus is still a missed opportunity.
19 Mar 2015

Senator Tom Cotton - Gage SkidmoreUndiplomatic cables In their determination to prevent a nuclear agreement with Iran, Republican Senators are sacrificing their ability to direct events should negotiations fail.
19 Mar 2015

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