Western Operations Against ISIS: Holding Back in Syria
Unlike the United States, British military operations in Iraq have not been extended into Syria. This distinction may not make sense at an operational level, but it reflects continuing uncertainty as to the direction of US policy towards the Assad regime.
24 Nov 2014
Britain’s Fourth Afghan War
This week, UK Armed Forces formally ended combat operations in Helmand. British troops return from Afghanistan not with a victory, but a score draw away from home; a job well done in unpropitious circumstances.
28 Oct 2014
As Britain withdraws from Afghanistan, RUSI analyses the course and strategic objectives of the war.
28 Oct 2014
Defeating ISIS: How Financial Liabilities will Undo the Jihadists
The scrutiny of ISIS’ financing has focused almost exclusively on the vast resources it has accumulated. Yet as it has expanded, it has also been gathering financial liabilities which, if the international community is patient, could be its ultimate undoing.
27 Oct 2014
Canada: The End of Exceptionalism
The shootings in Ottawa confirm that Canada is no longer the exception on the terrorists’ map. The relatively benign security environment of the past has given way to a much more uncertain present.
23 Oct 2014
Disrupting Foreign Fighters: An Overlooked Role for Banks?
The recent UN Security Resolution targeting foreign fighters travelling to Syria and Iraq had an opportunity to deploy one of the most powerful available intelligence tools, namely partnership with the banking system. Inexplicably, that opportunity was missed.
13 Oct 2014
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