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

TunisiaTerrorism in Tunisia: Some Recent Context Shocking as it may be, the latest terrorist attack on Tunisia is not a new phenomenon. This does not necessarily mean that Tunisia will descend into the kind of destabilisation seen in neighbouring Libya.
19 Mar 2015

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

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