Russia and Ukraine: the Empire Will Strike Back
With a revolution under way, it is unlikely for Russia to have tanks rolling into Ukraine. But humiliated now for a second time there, Russia does not need a military intervention to achieve its objective of squeezing Ukraine hard.
24 Feb 2014
Iran’s Nuclear Diplomacy: How the Gulf Feels Threatened
Stoking sectarianism, threatening stability and interfering in sovereign countries: Iran already is a source of instability to Gulf countries even without a deal on its nuclear programme. Feeling vulnerable, Gulf countries may look to US alternatives to guarantee their security.
18 Feb 2014
Iraq on the Edge of the Abyss
With elections in 2014, the situation in Iraq may unravel, with ramifications not only for the stability of the Iraqi government, but for the broader security of Iraqis and even the integrity of Iraq itself.
3 Feb 2014
The Syria Geneva-II Talks: ‘The Only Show in Town’
While both refuse to talk directly to each other, and threaten withdrawal at the slightest pretext, both sides realise that this dialogue is the only means acceptable to the international community to move forward.
29 Jan 2014
Iran's Nuclear Diplomacy: A Response from Oman
For the Gulf as a whole, Iran’s nuclear ambitions represents the most serious ongoing threat to the security of the region as a whole. However, there is diversity of opinion, reflecting important differences in the strategic circumstances and historical experiences of each Gulf state.
28 Jan 2014
Iran's Nuclear Diplomacy: A Response from Egypt
If Iran were to overtly cross the nuclear threshold, Egyptian restraint may be temporary, since Egypt may start its own nuclear programme or find itself fully supporting Saudi Arabia’s attempts to seek parity with Iran.
27 Jan 2014
Iran's Nuclear Diplomacy: A Response from Turkey
Turkey is wary of Iran’s nuclear programme and its development of ballistic missiles. Whilst Ankara pursues dialogue with Tehran,Turkey will also put in place conventional assets to help defend Turkish territory.
27 Jan 2014
The United States Implements Defence Export Control Reforms
Export controls for the US defence industry are being reformed. This is a strategic judgment by the Obama Administration where ‘higher fences around fewer items’ of very advanced technologies are designed to counter threats to the US from advanced states or near-peer competitors such as China.
22 Jan 2014
Building a Force for the Future: The UK Needs Depth not Breadth
The former US Defense Secretary has expressed concerns about the UK’s ability to provide full spectrum defence capabilities. Yet, the UK has not had a full spectrum capability for a number of years. It is actually a more worrying lack of depth, not breadth of capabilities that concerns most British defence officials today.
17 Jan 2014
Cutting the Cable: The Future of Wireless Power
Though it has been around for over a hundred years, the idea of wireless electricity has been gathering momentum recently. Now, even the defence community is looking to revolutionise this technology for battlefield use.
14 Jan 2014