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US Flag StylizedThe 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

MoD PlaqueBuilding 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

Turkey Erdogan Qatar TamimWhere Did it All Go Wrong? The Qatar-Turkey Power House Comes Up Short As the Arab Spring got underway, Turkey and Qatar came together on what seemed to be the right side of history. Now, all their regional bets have all but collapsed, as have their regional swagger. But their joint interests and partnerships are still relevant.
14 Jan 2014

Electricity PylonCutting 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

World War OneDealing With the ‘Blackadder’ View of the First World War: The Need for an Inclusive, Bi-Partisan Centenary The intervention of Education Secretary Michael Gove on the First World War suggests that the Centenary has become a political football. However, it is not too late to disentangle the Centenary of the First World War from crude partisan politics.
13 Jan 2014

WW1 home pageDealing With the ‘Blackadder’ view of the First World War: Were the Leaders Trapped by Circumstance? Michael Gove’s intervention on how we remember the First World War has sparked off a national debate. The Education Secretary is adopting a stance that helps give depth to issues of judgment, morality and education, as well as to the drivers of memory and identity.
13 Jan 2014

Dier Ezzor SyriaWill Things Break Apart in 2014? Security Predictions Ahead Making security predictions can be a perilous affair. Nevertheless, the events of last year offer us some background for calculated assessments for the year ahead.
7 Jan 2014

Putin 2012 thumbnailThe Volgograd Bombings and the Winter Olympics The Volgograd bombings have shown that even without a claim of responsibility that links them to the Games, terrorist attacks elsewhere in Russia can have almost as great an impact on World opinion as an attack on Sochi itself.
3 Jan 2014

Volgograd bombingThe Volgograd Bombings: the Latest Chapter in Putin’s War in the Caucasus The latest bombings in Russia is part of an ongoing war between Putin and Islamist rebels who feed upon a anti-federal, pan-Turkic and pan-Islamist narrative.
3 Jan 2014

China's Changing Policy towards Pakistan and Afghanistan under the New Leadership Beijing’s foreign policy work conference in October has revealed the Chinese government intends to deepen economic and security ties with Afghanistan and Pakistan. This shows the growing strategic importance that Beijing places on the region.
2 Jan 2014

Indian flagThe View From New Delhi: Don’t Pull the Plug on Afghanistan The worst thing the international community can do after draw down in 2014 is to pull the plug on Afghanistan. The country needs economic and military support for at least another decade.
2 Jan 2014

Michael Clarke 12014 Another Year of Strategy For UK policy planners, the year ahead will be dominated by strategy formulation in preparation for possible transition in 2015.
19 Dec 2013

MoD PlaqueAutumn Gloom: The Treasury’s Autumn Statement and the Ministry of Defence The Autumn Statement, published on 5 December, announced spending cuts in the UK Ministry of Defence’s budgets for the next two years. the MoD's continued status as a 'non-ring-fenced' department means that it will struggle to avoid further real cuts after 2015.
10 Dec 2013

Iran flagFrom Interim to Final Status: Iran, the E3+3, and the Road from Geneva Iran’s nuclear programme has been temporarily capped. But the details of the endgame remain shrouded in uncertainty. How do we get from here to there?
6 Dec 2013

China flagChina’s Air Defence Identification Zone and its role in Chinese Geo-Strategic Policy China’s sudden declaration of an Air Defence Identification Zone covering the uninhabited Senkaku islands is not intended to extend Chinese airspace as part of an area-denial/anti-access strategy. China’s real aim is instead to strengthen their quasi-legal territory claims in the long term.
4 Dec 2013

Iran nuclearThe Iran Agreement in Geneva: a Limited but Valuable Breakthrough The Geneva Agreement is an inventive, astute piece of diplomacy that puts Iran further from nuclear weapons at low cost. But the road to a final settlement is long and rocky.
25 Nov 2013

Marching British SoldiersFighting the ‘Battle of the Narrative’: Communicating Army 2020 A recent course organised for influencers was designed to convey the British Army’s response to a changing strategic landscape. Despite redeployment from Afghanistan and Reserve reorganisation, this exercise emphasised that the British Army is still very much in the war-fighting business.
13 Nov 2013

Manmohan Singh Xi Jingping [square]Afghanistan after 2014: What Roles for China and India? Following the recent bilateral summit between the Manmohan Singh and Xi Jingping, we ask Indian and Chinese researchers to offer their different perspectives on future policy in Afghanistan.
12 Nov 2013

India Deaths from terrorismHas the Sino-Indian Dialogue on Afghanistan Been Put on the Backburner? Even though the latest meeting between India and China failed to discuss Afghanistan, both countries will be increasingly involved, and China will need to look beyond the prism of Pakistan to ensure stability in the region.
12 Nov 2013

China flagManmohan Singh’s Visit Boosts the ‘New Pattern of Relationship’ between China and India For China, the Indian Prime Minister’s visit was significant because it dealt with sensitive border disputes and made clearer India’s geopolitical intentions.
12 Nov 2013

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