Citations of RUSI expert analysis and initiatives in the global media, September 2008.
Reports of RUSI Events
RUSI Experts in the News
Zimbabwe and South Africa
The power-sharing agreement between Morgan Tsvangirai and Robert Mugabe was viewed as an indication of both parties’ willingness to acknowledge the existence of their rival on the political landscape. Thabo Mbeki’s softly-softly approach towards Zimbabwe has been vindicated, according to RUSI’s Knox Chitiyo, particularly following the new toughness he has displayed in recent months.
Russia and Georgia
President Dmitri Medvedev’s announcement of plans to modernise Russia’s strategic nuclear forces by 2020 has been viewed as evidence of an increasingly assertive Russian policy. RUSI Director Michael Clarke notes that although the announcement is intended to appear as a reaction to American build-up in Poland and the Czech Republic, it in fact forms part of a long-term planned increase to Russia’s nuclear capabilities.
The seizure of a Ukrainian ship carrying thirty-three T72 battle tanks by Somalian pirates illustrates that the region now represents a new global security problem. RUSI’s Knox Chitiyo warns that the international community will need to take notice in order to avoid a potentially major international incident in the future.
The failure of a jury to convict eight men accused of plotting to blow up a series of transatlantic flights has raised questions over high-level American involvement in the investigation. Michael Clarke sees the decision to arrest the suspect Rashid Rauf in Bahawalpur, Pakistan as evidence of an American desire to force Britain’s hand.
Lib Dem paper calls for UK strategic and defence review
A report by former Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Campbell warns that Britain’s armed forces are overstretched, with the military budget in crisis. Royal United Services Institute estimates, which formed a key element of the report, indicate that the Ministry of Defence's procurement plans for new equipment have been underfunded by up to £15bn over a 10-year period.
NATO Secretary General at RUSI
Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili stated that he is not currently pressing for NATO membership, focusing on rebuilding after conflict with Russia. Speaking at RUSI, however, the NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer reaffirmed his support for Georgia to become a full member of the organisation.
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