Commentary

ISIS Fighter in Iraq alalamISIS and Sexual Violence: A Very Deliberate Strategy The use of rape and abuse as psychological weapons by ISIS forces has raised questions on how best to protect vulnerable civilians in warzones
28 Nov 2014

US Airstrikes on ISIS positions near KobaneWestern 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

MINUSMA PeacekeepersWill the UN Review Fix Peacekeeping? United Nations peacekeeping operations are once again under review. But is the political consensus on them unravelling?
24 Nov 2014

steinmeierGermany and Israel: A ‘Special Relationship’ With on-going tensions in Jerusalem, the announcement of a new warship deal demonstrates continued German support for Israel.
20 Nov 2014

Iran nuclearIran Nuclear talks: the Final Stretch After twelve years of interwoven diplomacy and pressure, the Iranian nuclear dispute is entering what could be its final stretch.
19 Nov 2014

Iran flagUnnecessarily ‘Weaponising’ the Iran Talks will Scuttle Them Demanding that Iran come clean on all military dimensions of its nuclear programme will kill any hope of a negotiated settlement.
19 Nov 2014

Testament of Youth thumbTestament of Youth: The Voice of a Generation? James Kent’s film misunderstands the original purpose of Vera Brittain’s memoir but succeeds in portraying her personal traumas
11 Nov 2014

GCHQAre Security Authorities Justified in Demanding More Cooperation from Internet Companies? The new head of GCHQ, the UK’s electronic listening station, has started his tenure with controversy by stating that ‘privacy is not an absolute right’, and tech firms must cooperate with authorities. His controversial remarks are however rooted in precedence.
7 Nov 2014

Lone soldier HelmandBritain’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

British troops HelmandBackgrounder: Afghanistan As Britain withdraws from Afghanistan, RUSI analyses the course and strategic objectives of the war.
28 Oct 2014

ISIS fightersDefeating 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

Canadian parliament 2Canada: 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

DrPeter Clement WHOSecuring the Spread: Community Engagement and the Military Management of Ebola in Sierra Leone Britain is set to deploy 600 additional military personnel to Sierra Leone to combat the Ebola virus. Yet the military is only half of what is needed to tackle this global threat.
15 Oct 2014

Coca eradicationAssessing the Illegal Proliferation of the Coca Plant With the discovery of Mexico’s first ever coca plantation, is the worldwide proliferation of coca growth a feasible possibility, and what could the implications be?
13 Oct 2014

MoneyDisrupting 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

Bundwehr training in IraqThe True Surprise: Germany’s Contribution to the Fight Against ISIS Germany’s hardly-noticed contribution to the anti-ISIS coalition in the Middle East appears both substantial and politically trail-blazing. Is the government willing to take more military and political risks in unstable regions?
6 Oct 2014

ISIS targets in Syria struck by US Tomahawk cruise missilesStriking 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

Pathfinder Parachuting During Exercise Eagles Eye MoD Image c Crown CopyrightDealing 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

Iraqi ArmyWhat 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

Tornado sunsetBackgrounder: 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

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