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 A female African Bush Elephant raises her trunk as a warning sign in Mikumi National Park, Tanzania Wikimedia Commons pIs the Nexus Between the Illegal Wildlife and Forestry Trade and Transnational Security Finally Being Taken Seriously? Deprived of traditional methods of funding from donor countries and the diaspora, terrorist groups such as Al-Shabaab are turning to the illegal wildlife and forestry trade to sustain their activities.
15 Jul 2014

After the War on Terror 2The Four Types of the Returning Jihadi There have been renewed warnings of young Britons going to Syria and coming back as a potential threat to the UK itself. It is however, to critically assess this concern and recognise the potential threat from returning Jihadis.
8 Jul 2014

Ajit Doval [thumbnail]India’s National Security Advisor: What advice will Modi receive? India’s new National Security Advisor is a highly respected intelligence officer, whose extensive writings show him to be a cautious hawk with a strong focus on internal security.
29 Jun 2014

Ukraine flagUkraine, the European Union and Russia: a Game of Absolutes? Ukraine has finally signed economic agreement with the European Union which will further add to the tense atmosphere between Ukraine and Russia. As Ukraine faces West, Ukraine will have to assert its own political independence without alienating Russia.
29 Jun 2014

Maliki voting Iraq electionsDesperate for Air Support, Maliki Turns to Russia (and now Iran)* Exasperated at the lack of air support to from the United States to fight ISIS, the Iraqi government has purchased second-hand Sukhoi fighter jets from Russia and Belarus. But how effective will they be in confronting the Jihadist threat on Baghdad’s door?
29 Jun 2014

RUSI and Great WarDivided Memory: Popular and Academic Perception of the Great War The Centenary presents the opportunity to draw popular and academic assessments of the Great War closer together.
28 Jun 2014

Barack Obama 2Decoding Obama’s Iraq speech President Obama wants to contain ISIS, force Iraq to heal its sectarian divisions, and limit American exposure to the conflict. His is struggling to craft a strategy that can meet all three objectives.
20 Jun 2014

ISIS fightersBriefing - The New Rules of the Game in Iraq Based on interviews in Iraq, some leaders, particularly in Kurdistan, suggest that Iraq ‘post-Mosul’ can never recover to what it was ‘pre-Mosul’ and, far from being a retrievable situation, the future of Iraq is one of conflict and division.
18 Jun 2014

Iran flagIran and America in Iraq: a Great Rapprochement, or Hot Air? The crisis in Iraq appear to have united the US and Iran against the jihadists of ISIS. But claims of a historic rapprochement, let alone collaboration, are wildly overblown.
17 Jun 2014

Abandoned Iraqi army vehicle and uniforms on the road from Mosul to Erbil Photo by [c] Sofia BarbaraniIraq Crisis: Dispatch from the North This week, as the international community considers how best to reverse the gains of ISIS, RUSI analyst Michael Stephens offers first-hand perspectives from Erbil, in the Kurdish heartland of what is still Iraq. Each day he will be offering his thoughts and encounters from the ground.
17 Jun 2014

US Options on the Table for Iraq – Taliban Lessons for Afghanistan The Taliban are taking note as militants seize large swathes of Iraq. As the United States considers its options, it must do so bearing in mind its decisions in Iraq – whatever they may be –may well affect the drawdown in Afghanistan.
14 Jun 2014

ISIS fightersIraq’s Future Hangs in the Balance The fall of Mosul to Islamist extremists poses the single biggest challenge to the Iraqi nation state since the fall of Saddam. Baghdad may not be able to fend off the insurgents by their own, and the United States lacks the political capital to intervene.
12 Jun 2014

A USAF F-15, Polish Mig-29 and RAF Typhoon over Lithuania NATONATO Baltic Air Policing – Revenge of the Cold War Relic NATO’s primary military response to the Russian annexation of Crimea was to reinforce its long standing Baltic Air Policing operations. Airpower is a domain in which NATO can credibly challenge Russian dominance in the region and provide ‘hard’ deterrence against military intimidation.
4 Jun 2014

European Union FlagDealing With Europe's Electoral Debacle The rise of far-right and anti-European Union parties at the European Parliament elections was the biggest vote of no confidence in the continent’s ruling elite since the launch of the EU project. But it need not be a disaster, provided governments act with composure and tact.
27 May 2014

NCA Uniform with GunAssessing the Threat of Organised Crime: The First National Strategic Assessment With the release of its first National Strategic Assessment, the National Crime Agency highlights some worrying trends. But it also reveals a series of knowledge gaps that will undermine attempts to address organised crime.
23 May 2014

Polio vaccine in Djibouti US Department of Defense photoPolio and the Syrian Crisis: The Accidental Bioterrorist The World Health Organization’s recent declaration of a public-health emergency due to the re-emergence of polio in countries including Syria and Somalia highlights the nexus between insecurity, violent Islamist groups and the spread of deadly diseases.
21 May 2014

Boko Haram LeaderNigeria’s Opaque Jihad: Insurgency in Africa’s Richest Nation The kidnapping of girls in Chibok by Boko Haram has increased the international spotlight on Nigeria. The dilemma for the international community at this point is to understand this complicated environment, but also to make sure the interest is not simply transitory.
16 May 2014

Narendra ModiNarendra Modi as Prime Minister: Engagement, Continuity and Reform Considering his past reputation, the frontrunner to be Indian Prime Minister will have his work cut-out to prove he is not a pariah. In foreign policy,Narendra Modi needs to balance the muscular approach demanded by his supporters and his newfound mercantilist pragmatism.
15 May 2014

Columbian Security ForcesColombia’s Long Road to Peace Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR) could form a central pillar of a lasting peace in Colombia. But how can you make it attractive for those heavily involved in organised crime, which profit the most from the country’s internal conflict?
15 May 2014

Women in combat rolesWomen in Combat: British Band of Brothers May Soon Be History The UK’s Defence Secretary has brought forward a review into whether women can serve in combat roles. These roles are the last bastion of legalised military gender discrimination, reform may take some time.
9 May 2014

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