RUSI in the news - November 2008

Citations of RUSI expert analysis and events in the global media during November 2008.

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The Defence Acquisition Debate

A RUSI book by Bill Kincaid claims that major culture change at all levels of defence acquisition is required to ensure timely delivery of vital equipment, rather than a focus on wasteful bureaucratic processes. Responding to the book, the MoD described claims as 'outdated and sensationalist'.

Full media coverage: Today on Radio 4 (BBC), The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Press Association, The Independent, The Scotsman, The Mirror, The Herald, Haber 27Iran Press TVMSN

More information and commentary from RUSI on the book: The Defence Acquisition Debate


A briefing note by Paul Smyth warning of famine in Afghanistan due to rising food prices and a summer drought this winter continues to dominate coverage of the region. The note says that the famine, which will affect an estimated 8.4 million Afghans, makes the mounting of an ‘intensive operation to deliver life-saving aid’ essential.

Michael Clarke said some people had a "perception of pointlessness" about the conflict in Afghanistan. "The need to build some public support for and understanding of what we are doing there is absolutely essential," he said.

Full media coverage: Council on Foreign Relations, Reuters AlertNet, Washington Post, IRIN News, United Nations, AFP, Trend News Agency, Washington Times, Pakistan TribuneRelief Web, Heraldo, Der SpiegelThe National, Yahoo

More from RUSI on the situation in Afghanistan: Afghanistan

Mumbai Terror Attacks

The terrorist attacks in Mumbai have provoked questions about the provenance and purpose of the perpetrators. Alex Neill notes that the attacks could be an attempt to cause instability in the region, and that Al Qa’ida is likely to at least have been aware of the plans. He adds that the scale of the attacks indicates some level of outside planning and funding, although the terrorists are most likely to be members of India’s growing radicalized Muslim minority.

Addressing the terrorists’ funding, Tobias Feakin suggests that there is ‘bound to be a substantial amount’ of money flowing to Pakistan from communities in the UK. Assessing the performance of the Indian security forces, he identified a lack of co-operation and that there were ‘too many different law enforcement agencies involved.’

Michael Clarke observes that the attackers were well trained and well led, and had therefore probably been through regional Islamist training camps. Garry Hindle identifies concerns about the involvement of the Pakistani Inter Services Intelligence in the bombings, suggesting that the attacks may have been intended to disrupt the US-Indian relationship.

Full media coverage: Bloomberg, The Telegraph, The Independent, Financial Times, Daily ExpressCBSFinancial Times, Economic Times (India)Belfast Telegraph, The Independent, Thai-Indian News, The Scotsman, IT Examiner, Argentina Star, Financial Times,

RUSI analysis on the attacks and their ramifications: Mumbai Terrorism


Growing piracy off the coast of Somalia, including the hijack of an oil supertanker, constituted a daunting challenge for national governments. Lee Willett says that the risks of storming the Sirius Star were 'too great'. 'I don't think there is a real military option,' he said. 'It's now more a matter of negotiating the size of the ransom'.

Full media coverage: The Times, RP Online, The Australian

For more information from RUSI on piracy and maritime security: Maritime Security 

President-elect Obama

President-elect Obama's future foreign policy priorities provided a constant source of debate. 'He has a very international background for an American president,' said RUSI's Chairman Paul Lever.

Media coverage: Defense News

RUSI examines Obama's future security options as President: International Security under Obama

Reports of RUSI Events

Unfolding Instability in Kashmir

A RUSI conference on 'Unfolding Instability in Kashmir' saw the former Chief General of the Pakistan Army Jehangir Karamat call for a negotiated settlement to bring about a solution in accordance with the wishes of the Kashmiri people.

Media coverage: Tehran Times, Kashmir Media Service, Associated Press of Pakistan, Kashmir Watch

More information from RUSI on Pakistan's security situation: Pakistan

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