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

PutinRussia with Crimea: Back in the USSR? Today’s Victory Day Parade (9 May) was poignant for Russia with Vladimir Putin flying to newly-annexed Crimea to celebrate the Soviet victory in the Second World War. Past Soviet glories provide a useful cultural and political backdrop for the Russian president as he deals with the ongoing Ukrainian Crisis.
9 May 2014

Russia InsigniaCrisis in Ukraine: How Effective are Sanctions against Russia? As Russia piles on the pressure on Ukraine, the West is responding through targeted sanctions against the Russian elite. A robust sanctions framework will only be effective if it can demonstrate that the West will accept some financial pain.
6 May 2014

Jnl 159 2 Braithwaite thumbUkraine Crisis: The Strategic Importance of Slavyansk The Ukranian city of Slavyansk has become the focus in a game of deterrence and brinkmanship that Kiev and Moscow feel compelled to play and in which, despite evident Russian military planning, neither is likely to be in full control.
1 May 2014

Cyber security 2012 lead eventWhat Does the Cyberspace Landscape Look Like in the Asia-Pacific? Already contending with a tense geopolitical backdrop, there is an urgent need for countries in Asia to cooperate, if not harmonise on cyber security issues and reduce their respective vulnerabilities.
24 Apr 2014

Putin and Xi JinpingUkraine: Quiet Support for Russia Will Harm China's Long-Term Interests Though China is reticent over aspects of Russia’s behaviour in Ukraine, the general assumption in Beijing is that China could benefit from the Ukraine crisis. But a more careful look at the potential fallout from the showdown indicates that China’s strategic horizons are not as rosy as currently assumed.
11 Apr 2014

Putin and Xi JinpingTensions Over Ukraine: Where Does China Sit? On the growing crisis over Ukraine, China has remained quietly supportive of Russia. Yet, Russia overestimates and exaggerates China’s level of support that is closer to acquiescence rather than actual support for the turmoil that Russia is engendering.
11 Apr 2014

US-Russia Diplomatic Feelers Over Ukraine: Based on Wrong Assumptions The US and Russia have vowed to continue negotiations aimed at defusing the Ukraine crisis. But the current diplomatic negotiations between Washington and Moscow will achieve nothing, since they are based on wrong US assumptions and may encourage the worst Russian instincts.
7 Apr 2014

Climate Change and SecurityIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Warns of Serious Future Security Challenges The latest report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change contains an extensive chapter on the implications of climate change for human security. The implications for defence and security planners are huge.
7 Apr 2014

Computer keyboardFive Unanswered Questions on the UK’s New Computer Emergency Response Team The UK’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) was launched this week to universal nods of approval. Questions remain, however, over how it will achieve its aims and what value it will add in an increasingly crowded UK network of cyber security teams.
2 Apr 2014

Prince Muqrin Abdul Aziz al Saud [thmbnail image]Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince: A Sign of Real Transition Ahead? Even though he may be 68-years-old, the appointment of Muqrin bin Abdulaziz al-Saud to Deputy Crown Prince suggests that Saudi Arabia is paving the way for a careful transition of power to a younger generation of princes.
1 Apr 2014

Free Syria Army Idlib February 2012 - Photo by tinyccSyriaFreedomThick As Thieves: European Criminals Take to Syria’s Battlefield Individuals with known criminal histories are a surprisingly common feature of the current Syrian battlefield. While their motives may be a combination of redemption and opportunism, returnees in this mode pose a complicated threat picture for security services to process if they return.
31 Mar 2014

Xingjiang mosque china thumbTerrorism in China: Seeing the Threat Clearly Recent Western and Chinese media focus on terrorism in Xinjiang has diverted attention away from the greater threat that Beijing faces from its ethnic Uighur population: namely a repeat of the large-scale rioting that hit the regional capital of Urumqi in 2009.
31 Mar 2014

Ukraine flagUkraine's Ground Forces Having effectively annexed Crimea, Russia now threatens the territorial integrity of the rest of Ukraine. How are Ukraine's ground forces configured to deal with the challenge? Dr Igor Sutyagin, RUSI Research Fellow for Russia Studies has researched the following map.
27 Mar 2014

Persian GulfRifts in the Gulf, What Lies Ahead? The decision by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain to withdraw their Ambassadors from Qatar has the potential to turn into a genuine diplomatic crisis.
13 Mar 2014

Euromaidan Ukraine 2Ethnicity and Language in Ukraine In justifying military intervention in Ukraine, Vladimir Putin has expressed determination to ‘defend’ those he considers as ‘Russians’ throughout the former Soviet Union. But the definition of who is a Russian varies, and is particularly opaque in Ukraine’s case.
12 Mar 2014

Vanguard classThe UK’s Naval Nuclear Reactors: Ageing Ungracefully? Worrying reactor test results have prompted the Ministry of Defence to schedule an unexpected reactor replacement for the UK’s oldest nuclear-armed submarine, at a cost of £120 million. If forensic tests exacerbate these concerns, the financial costs of reactor replacement may not be the UK’s only worry.
11 Mar 2014

GCHQThe Politics of Surveillance There seems to be a political consensus on the need for surveillance of digital data that is proportionate to the danger faced by UK citizens. However, to counter threats, agencies face the challenge of sifting through huge volumes of data while maintaining the trust of the public.
7 Mar 2014

Gravity filmHazards of the Space Junkyard The recently Oscar-nominated film Gravity underscored the very real danger of space debris from old and existing satellites and space missions in the low earth orbit. Reducing the number of satellite missions will not be enough, and there are a number of initiatives underway to have space junk removed.
3 Mar 2014

4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 |
The views expressed in this article are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect those of RUSI
RUSI Annual Report
RUSI crest 2
Access the 2014-2015 Annual Report for the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies
RUSI Library of Military History
Library Home Card
A unique collection of national historical and cultural importance.
New Benefits
Membership badge
A greater range of membership packages announced
Follow RUSI
Follow RUSI through Twitter, Facebook and RSS feeds