Report from a roundtable looking at the challenges facing Iraq after Daesh: the legacy of the past; the technical challenges for the provision of security; the role of religion and sectarianism; the role of regional powers; and the battle of Mosul.
Last February, RUSI analysts suggested that Whitehall needed to conduct a nationwide review of the implications of climate change for national security. Almost one year later, is the government considering climate change anything other than a peripheral factor?
While the Iranian acquisition of nuclear weapons would, of course, have enormous strategic ramifications throughout the region and beyond, it is far from certain that it would provoke a nuclear arms race with any country. Much more likely, instead, is an arms race to acquire a clear edge in the means to wage conventional war.
The multinational (that is, Ethiopian and US) intervention in Somalia has attracted a great deal of comment and criticism. However, despite its flaws, this intervention
may yet have a positive impact. The current Somali experiment in power-sharing might just work.