The latest military agreement between Qatar and Turkey has been a long-time in the making. It is also an expression of dated defence thinking in Gulf states that looks to military purchases and agreements with foreign powers rather than sustainable capacity building.
The US Director of National Intelligence is right, it’s not just protectionism that we need to worry about; the financial crisis could contribute to global instability as key actors focus less on international security.
With a new ruler certain to take up power in 2009, North Korea’s state will undergo substantial changes in substance and in form. The international community must pay close attention to the ongoing palace drama in Pyongyang and ready themselves to deal with the strategic and humanitarian consequences of such changes.
RUSI Director Michael Clarke, speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Westminster Hour, suggests that Gordon Brown has the chance to bring European powers together as they readjust to the forthcoming Obama administration.
Missile defence is now central to the security relationship between Europe and the United States, and NATO’s raison d’être. A European debate on BMD is overdue. This article is intended to help initiate such a debate.