Russia’s ‘South Stream’ is Closed, but Nothing has Changed
In cancelling South Stream in exchange for a deal with Turkey, Russia is attempting to maintain the economic benefits of a share of the European gas market whilst steering clear of the sticky political issues that accompany it.
18 Dec 2014
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