It is only comparatively recently that the present configuration of independent states in the Gulf was established. This helps to explain the sensitivities of them all to the issue of external intervention in the area.
Aniseh Bassiri Tabrizi, Darya Dolzikova and Tom Plant
UK and US policy towards Iran has diverged substantially in recent years, and both countries need to work hard to restore their partnership. The UK can do its part through a re-energised agenda on the Iran nuclear file, and towards Middle Eastern security more broadly.
Russia’s September regional elections were a litmus test of United Russia’s support. While most seats were secure, it seems likely the party is headed for a ‘rebrand’, ahead of the State Duma elections in 2021.
Trevor Taylor, Professorial Research Fellow, Defence, Industries and Society
Emily Winterbotham, Director, Terrorism and Conflict
Andrea Berger, Associate Fellow
Jonathan Eyal, Associate Director, Strategic Research Partnerships
Peter Quentin, Associate Fellow
Justin Bronk, Research Fellow, Airpower and Technology
RUSI experts offer their initial reactions on the election of President-elect Donal Trump and what this will mean for US foreign policy, the fight against ISIS, Europe, Asia, the defence industry and...