The decision at the Arctic Council ministerial meeting to invite six new countries – including China – to become permanent observers is a sign that increasing global interest in the Arctic region is being accommodated.Global Security Issues
The current round of reforms has prompted concerns that Sweden’s defence is in meltdown. This has implications for Britain’s future strategic posture as well as Europe’s retention of a credible defence capability.International Institutions
Mexican President Peña Nieto’s attempt to de-emphasise the fight against drug trafficking may impact negatively upon security co-operation with the United States.
Saudi Arabia continues to benefit from its growing ‘oil-for-technology’ exchange with East Asia, which is increasingly meeting the former’s need for demand security at the expense of Western influence.
An operation conducted by Chinese police in the lawless backwaters of the Mekong River points to a new attempt by Beijing to deploy internal security forces in the protection of its interests abroad.Domestic Security
In an age of fiscal austerity, defence engagement is championed as a means of deriving greater utility from a country’s armed forces. The British and US experiences highlight some of the benefits – and obstacles – encountered to date.International Institutions, Land Forces, Military Personnel, UK Defence
The British Army needs to replace its narrow focus on operations in Afghanistan with more strategic, long-term thinking, trialling fresh ideas to develop new concepts for a range of contingencies. (Free access)Land Forces, Military Personnel, UK Defence
The way in which NATO armies are adapting in response to recent engagements and ongoing fiscal difficulties will have major implications for their future land capabilities. (Free access)Land Forces, Military Personnel, UK Defence
With the British Army currently facing its most significant challenges in a generation, the first part of this edition of RUSI Newsbrief is dedicated to the key issues in contemporary land warfare.Land Forces, Military Personnel, UK Defence
The relationship between China and India will be critical to future regional dynamics but ongoing uncertainty over the Ladakh border threatens to undermine the two countries’ efforts at co-operation.