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Apr 2015, Vol. 160, No. 2
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Issue: Apr 2015, Vol. 160, No. 2
RUSI CRESTForeword Editor Dr Emma De Angelis introduces the April/May 2015 edition of the RUSI Journal
Emma De Angelis
Big BenUK General Election: Defence Perspectives As the British general election approaches, RUSI asks each of the main political parties to outline their views on current defence and security challenges, and their proposals for future policy (Free access)
Michael Fallon, Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg
Naval radar plottingTriple Barrels: The Economic, Financial and Maritime Warfare Nexus in the Twenty-First Century As the global power balance shifts to incorporate a growing China, the Royal Navy must adapt to the exigencies of the post-Cold War incarnation of the East–West struggle
Martin N Murphy
Malaysian and Singaporean marines storm boatMaritime Security and Threats to Energy Transportation in Southeast Asia Shipments of vital energy supplies through the congested Straits of Malacca and Singapore continue in high numbers despite their vulnerability to piracy, conflict and legal-passage disputes
Euan Graham
Japanese naval personnel distribute aidBeyond the Gunboats: Rethinking Naval Diplomacy and Humanitarian Assistance Disaster Relief in East Asia Common views of East Asian maritime diplomacy as solely coercive neglect to consider the power of co-operative efforts, such as Japan’s naval humanitarian relief operations
Alessio Patalano
Royal Marine on beachThe Future of Amphibious Forces Critics stress the limitations of amphibious forces in modern warfare, but their adaptability and capacity for innovation may prove invaluable in this climate of financial austerity
Peter Roberts
Caspian Sea Summit 2014Traditional Security in Eurasia: The Caspian Caught between Militarisation and Diplomacy Regional relations in the ‘Sea of Peace’ – and their global implications – hinge on the clear definition of zones of jurisdiction
Nicola Contessi
TaranisScience, Technology and the Generation of the Military Instrument Military strength may currently be measured by technological superiority, but the distinction between strategy and novelty is a critical consideration that needs more focused attention
John Louth and Justin Bronk
Soldier launching droneUnmanned Aerial Vehicles in the Israel Defense Forces: A Precursor to a Military Robotic Revolution? The IDF’s increasing dependence on UAVs has ensured Israel’s technological superiority over its Arab neighbours, but is unlikely to be extended across the Israeli military
Tamir Libel and Emily Boulter
Emir Amanullah KhanLessons to be Learnt? The Third Anglo-Afghan War The difficulties of informed and effective decision-making with regard to Afghanistan were keenly felt during the Third Anglo-Afghan War.
Heather Campbell
WW1 soldier at memorialGreat War Stories Captain Garth Neville Walford VC (deceased April 1915) and Commander Alexander Spearman, RN (deceased June 1915)

Ibn SaudAdam Curtis’s Bitter Lake: Nightmares of Modernity The recent documentary Bitter Lake is compelling, but its greatest value may be in its powerful storytelling rather than its historical account
Andrew Glazzard
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