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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

How to Influence ISIS: Through the Air or Through the Message? With US led airstrikes underway against ISIS, questions remain over how best to define and influence ISIS and their supporters.
25 Sep 2014

Tornado GR4British Air Strikes Options in the Middle East: Lessons from Libya As the United Kingdom gears up for air operations over Iraq and perhaps Syria, lessons can be drawn from a similar multinational operation in Libya in 2011.
25 Sep 2014

Saudi Air Force PilotCoalition of the Willing? Analysing Arab Interests in Fighting the ISIS With Arab states also taking part in strikes against ISIS on 22 September, are we witnessing a new dawn of Middle Eastern multilateralism that may one day involve Iran?
24 Sep 2014

F22 and F15Air Strikes in Syria – Assessing the Initial Attack Plan In initiating action against ISIS in Syria, the US operation sees combat use of the F-22 stealth fighter for the first time and Gulf states deploying their air assets for power projection in the region.
23 Sep 2014

Jabhat al-NusraAir 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

UK OK poster from the Better Together Campaign for ScotlandNever the Same Again – What the Referendum Means for the UK and the World The people of Scotland have opted to stay in the United Kingdom. But does it settle the question for a generation? The next few years will be spent working out a new constitutional equilibrium.
19 Sep 2014

Narendra Modi meets  Xi Jinping of China in New Delhi September 2014 Indian Foreign Ministry photoXi 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

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