The upcoming Integrated Review gives the UK an opportunity to reconsider the role of its armed forces and its international strategy.Armed Forces, Defence Spending, Global Strategy and Commitments, UK Defence
Stephen Reimer and Tom Keatinge
There is rising interest in how illicit trade contributes to the funding of terrorist activities. Recognising the differences between wholesale and retail illicit trade will be crucial for effectively countering this form of terrorist financing.AML/CTF
Russia’s swathe of constitutional changes has prompted much debate about Putin’s future, but the amendments actually revealed very little about his plans. What they do reveal, however, is the importance of Putin’s legacy – his national projects – and who will be held responsible if they fail.
European states are dealing with foreign fighters in diverse judicial and legislative environments, and while they would benefit from collaboration, a lack of political will could prevent this.Tackling Extremism
As Russia’s resurgence in the Middle East continues and Moscow hones its position as a regional diplomatic arbiter, Russia’s partnership with the Kurdistan Regional Government will likely continue to strengthen in the months and years to come.Global Security Issues
Emily Ferris and Paul Hansbury
High-level presidential meetings, increasing rhetoric from the Kremlin and the growing use of Russia’s soft power levers all indicate that Moscow is adapting its approach to Belarus amid a changing political climate.