Our fascination with betrayal is evidenced in the plethora of books, television programmes and films on espionage and yet the secrecy at its core runs in contrast to a contemporary obsession with accountability and the public’s supposed ‘right to know’.Intelligence
In the wake of 9/11, the US Intelligence Community came under unprecedented pressure to reform, yet this process has failed to understand and correct some of its most fundamental weaknesses.Terrorism
Russia continues to oppose the NATO Ballistic Missile Defence, despite the proposed deployment having shifted to southeast Europe, highlighting the continuation of misperceptions, paranoia and propaganda hysteria in Moscow.Global Security Issues, International Institutions
The rivalry between India and China is born of the two countries’ traditional perceptions of each other, yet the eastward shift of geopolitical power has now made this once local rivalry significant to the whole world.
The secrecy surrounding the health of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez has shattered perceptions about his invincibility, given hope to his political opposition and cast doubts over the durability of Venezuela’s Bolivarian project.
The long-awaited White Paper on Defence Equipment, Support and Technology is increasingly unlikely to serve as the reflective and considered statement of government intention and policies so desperately desired by the defence sector.UK Defence
The Future Reserves 2020 report articulated a series of conclusions and recommendations for enhancing the capability, utility and resilience of the British armed forces dependent on greater use of the Reserves.Military Personnel
As NATO concludes its military intervention in Libya, attention turns to counting the human cost of the conflict.
Saudi Arabia's response to the Arab Spring has ranged from apparent inertia to the financing and leadership of counter-revolution, but at all times the stability of the kingdom has been its primary objective.
Following the fall of the Qadhafi regime, North African states are considering the regional implications and reassessing their own relationships with the nascent Libyan state.