RUSI convened a debate between political parties on the subject of defence ahead of the UK General Election, scheduled for 8 June 2017. The main topics proved to be the requirement for a full defence review after the election, and whether the current force level was affordable.
In November 2016, RUSI convened a two-day conference on ‘Organised Crime and Illicit Trade in Europe’. It was supported by the EU’s Hercule III Programme (2014–2020), which is implemented by the European Commission.
French President Emmanuel Macron earned many plaudits for his astonishing political rise and decisive electoral success. But he still has to win his country’s parliamentary elections, scheduled for 11 and 18 June.
The mastermind of the worst crimes of Bosnia's civil war has been caught. But bringing Mladic to justice will not be a regional panacea, and neither does it assure that Serbia's European dream will now be realised.
Dr Jonathan Eyal, Director of International Security Studies, assesses the impact of the arrest of Ratko Mladic, the Serbian general accused of war crimes in the Balkans. WHat will this mean for the region and for Serbia's hopes for accession to the European Union?
Russia is enhancing strategic nuclear capabilities to meet its psychological and military objective of remaining a superpower. The credibility of Russia's nuclear arsenal - and its potential equality with that of the US - remains one of the Kremlin's key political aims.
Four leading experts examine the question of defence inflation and debate the extent of higher defence inflation in relation to non-defence sectors. The effects of productivity improvements and the credit crunch on defence spending and inflation are considered.
The forthcoming defence review will have to respond to pressures on resources, acknowledge the need to build public understanding of defence, and consider the best means to conceive of effects-based operations.