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A Return to East of Suez?
UK Military Deployment to the Gulf

Britain may be on course to become more directly involved in Gulf security as the US reorients towards the Far East and Pacific Rim.

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2014 NATO Flag Analysis: Rising European Defence Budgets? 1 May 2015 by Elizabeth Quintana, Dr Henrik Heidenkamp
A curious thing is happening in continental Europe: defence spending is rising. The United Kingdom may soon be among only a handful of nations with fewer resources for defence at a time of increasing commitments. Defence Policy UK Defence Defence Spending Europe UK
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The Conservatives have historically touted themselves as the party to be trusted with the UK’s defence and foreign policy, arguments which were duly repeated during the current electoral campaign. However, in practice, their record may diverge from such claims. UK Defence UK
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The 2% Explained Videos: The 2% Explained 22 Apr 2015 by Professor Malcolm Chalmers
Defence has been an issue discussed at the UK ‪General Election‬, in particular, whether the UK can commit to 2% of GDP. RUSI Research Director Professor Malcolm Chalmers explains the importance and the issues around '2% Debate' UK Defence Defence Spending
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Japan’s more activist security policy is arguably successful in design and implementation. It is, however, failing in how it is being presented to the public. Pacific Japan
Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank AIIB Founding Ceremony Analysis: The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank: a Test of Leadership for the US and China 17 Apr 2015
China has established a global financial institution that focuses on building roads, railways and other key infrastructure projects crucial to development in Asia. Though there are concerns raised by the United States, the formulation of the AIIB ties China further into a multilateral system. International Institutions Pacific China
Iran flag Analysis: Iranian Sanctions and the Banking Sector: Once Bitten Twice Shy 13 Apr 2015 by Tom Keatinge
The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action between Iran and the P5+1 was almost universally welcomed. But can the P5+1 deliver the promised sanctions relief? Or will banks, heavily fined for breaching Iranian sanctions remain risk-averse, restricting opportunity for economic growth? Global Security Issues Iran's Nuclear Programme Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Strategy Middle East and North Africa Iran
Iran Nuclear negotiations March 2015 Analysis: Iran Nuclear Negotiations: Commendable Progress, Persistent Obstacles 10 Apr 2015 by Timothy Stafford
Negotiators have made commendable progress in their effort to reach a comprehensive agreement. Yet disagreements on sanctions relief, inspections and centrifuge research could still prove insurmountable. Global Security Issues Iran's Nuclear Programme Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Strategy Middle East and North Africa Iran
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With Yemen in crisis, the announcement of a joint Arab military force indicates a new direction for Middle East regional security dynamics. Middle East and North Africa
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EU Iran negotiation RUSI Newsbrief: The Iranian Nuclear Negotiations: Not a Done Deal 1 May 2015 by Professor Ali Ansari
Divergent narratives on the preliminary framework agreement reached in Lausanne should temper the enthusiasm that greeted it in the West European Union Global Security Issues Iran's Nuclear Programme Middle East and North Africa Israel Iran Germany France UK United States
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Reforms to UK defence-acquisition processes have been labelled a success – but have they had a real impact? Defence Management UK Defence Equipment and Acquisitions UK
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Despite the real threat posed by Daesh in Libya, its strength and coherence should not be exaggerated; the group remains only a single component in the country’s complex jihadist landscape Terrorism Tackling Extremism The War on Terror Middle East and North Africa Libya
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President Ghani wants to rebuild Afghanistan’s relations with its neighbours. Could his new strategic engagement help build long-term peace in the conflict-ridden country? Afghanistan Pakistan
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Despite strengthening defence co-operation with Israel, the Indian government’s emphasis on the issue of technology transfer reflects a longer-term ambition to promote local defence production Central and South Asia India Middle East and North Africa Israel
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In the face of Russian belligerence, more sophisticated deterrence is required on NATO’s eastern flank. The UK, together with the Baltic States, should assume a greater role in providing this NATO UK Defence Global Strategy and Commitments Europe Germany Turkey Ukraine France Russia UK
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While the Russian economy continues to suffer under Western sanctions, Moscow continues to invest heavily in upgrading its military capabilities Aerospace Land Forces Maritime Forces NATO Global Security Issues Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Strategy Europe Russia
UNMISS RUSI Newsbrief: The UK Contribution to UN Peacekeeping: The Case of South Sudan 1 May 2015
While small in personnel terms, the UK’s contribution to the UN Mission in South Sudan adds significant value – and reciprocal benefits. A new UK government should consider expanding this form of engagement with UN operations International Institutions United Nations UK Africa Sudan
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Despite a strong focus on defence, the manifestos of the main political parties standing for election across the UK are strikingly lacking in detail when it comes to issues of national security (free access) Organised Crime Cyber Defence Policy Domestic Security Global Security Issues UK Defence Global Strategy and Commitments Defence Spending UK

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