Citations of RUSI experts, analysis and events in the global media from May 2011
Osama Bin-Laden Killed
After almost ten years as America's most wanted man, Osama Bin Laden was finally tracked down and killed in Pakistan by US special forces. The Al-Qa'ida leader was shot dead in a night time raid on a compound close to Islamabad. The nature of the raid, as well as the location of Bin Laden so close to Pakistani security forces, will raise serious questions regarding future relations between Islamabad and Washington. What will Osama Bin Laden's death mean for international politics and security? RUSI experts were able to provide engaging analysis.
Escalation In Libya
Libya continued to make headlines throughout May as the conflict descended into a bloody stalemate between the opposing forces. The targeting of Saif al-Arab Qadhafi, Colonel Qadhafi's son, in an air-strike raised serious questions about the direction and tactics employed by NATO forces enforcing the no-fly zone. In an apparent escalation, France and the UK deployed attack helicopters in order to increase the effectiveness of NATO forces protecting rebels. Yet uncertainties remained as to whether the escalation would really have an effect on the overall direction of the campaign. Forward-looking perspectives and analysis were given by fellows at the institute.
In other news...
The intervention in Libya has raised doubts about the assumptions set out in the October 2011 Strategic Defence and Security Review. With a contribution from the RUSI Director General Michael Clarke, The Economist asked whether the ways and means set out in the SDSR could still support the Government's ambitious strategic goals.
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