Striking ISIS: How Do We Know if We’re Winning?
While official footage of air strikes against ISIS targets provide good optics, they are not a reliable in measuring the success of the broader military strategy against the group.
2 Oct 2014
Dealing With ISIS Through ‘Boots with Wings’
If we are to opt for ‘boots on the ground’ in confronting ISIS, military planners should consider airmobile forces that promise agility, force projection and most importantly, a temporary time-span.
30 Sep 2014
What it Will Take to Degrade ISIS?
Air strikes against ISIS will inevitably lead to ‘boots on the ground’. Those boots must be worn by Sunni Arabs focusing on Iraq
29 Sep 2014
Backgrounder: Airstrikes against ISIS
As Britain decides on action in Iraq, RUSI experts examine the growth of ISIS, the regional issues at stake and the strategic considerations of use of air power.
26 Sep 2014
Air Strikes in Syria: Who Benefits?
Airstrikes are now underway against jihadists in Syria. As ISIS’ grip weakens, the United States and her allies must work quickly to ensure Assad does not fill the void.
23 Sep 2014
Xi and Modi: Continuity in Sino-Indian relations
Xi Jinping has begun the first visit by a Chinese president to India for eight years, with a new prime minister in Delhi. But how do we reconcile the bonhomie in Delhi, with thousands of troops squaring off at the border?
18 Sep 2014
Assessing Obama’s ISIS strategy
In a shift in policy, President Obama announced on 10 September 2014 cross-border operations to challenge the jihadists of ISIS. The strategy’s success rests on the cooperation of neighbouring countries and the ability to sustain the campaign for the long-term.
11 Sep 2014
Is a Hollywood Film Threatening War in the Korean Peninsula?
North Korea’s fury against the comedy film The Interview appears to have been misinterpreted by international media as a laughable ‘declaration of war’ against the United States. In reality, it forms part of a broader, recent rhetorical strategy on the part of Pyongyang.
29 Aug 2014
We Need to Rethink how We Engage with Russia
There are compelling reasons to de-escalate the crisis between the West and Russia over Ukraine. To do this Russia must stop seeing the world in zero-sum terms, and the West must understand Russia’s security concerns.
29 Aug 2014
Is ISIS a Threat to the UK?
The murder of American journalist James Foley brought global attention to the menace of ISIS. But what kind of a threat does the group actually pose beyond the Levant?
21 Aug 2014
Resolving the Kurdish Question in Iraq
Having inherited an Iraq at risk of bring overrun by ISIS, the new Iraqi Prime Minister would do well to develop a ‘twin-speed Iraq’ policy with a separate ‘Erbil policy’ and a ‘Baghdad policy’ within the framework of a unified Iraq.
18 Aug 2014
Have We Misunderstood the Threat from ISIS?
Having sent special forces to assess the humanitarian threat from ISIS in the Sinjar Mountains, the United States now says situation was not as bad as feared. But this assessment ignores the existential threat posed by ISIS to the Middle East and beyond
14 Aug 2014