The recent emergence of Al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) is part of a history of terrorism and conflict originating in Yemen. The West now needs to work with the Yemeni government and Civil Society Groups to prevent further attacks by Al-Qa’ida.
The closure of the Afghan/Pakistan border earlier this week and consequent targeting of NATO fuel supplies has highlighted a critical vulnerability for the International Security Assistance Forces: Fuel. But what can be done to overcome ISAF's Achilles heel?
Ivo H. Daalder, the US Ambassador to NATO, outlines the changes in the transatlantic community with respect to the leadership that has come to Washington, as well as what has changed in terms of the leadership here in Britain and in Europe, and how that has moved NATO into a new direction.
The policy of institutionalised discrimination against gay and lesbian US service personnel is unjust and detrimental to military effectiveness. It is time for US policymakers to end this policy of 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' and join the norms of other Western militaries.
On 13 Sept 2010, the Daily Telegraph reported how US defense officials expressed worries to cuts to the UK defence budget. RUSI's Michael Clarke assesses how this will impact on the US-UK relationship.
The emergency response to the Haitian earthquake has been notable for the sheer scale of military foreign aid coming from a diverse range of countries. Now the challenge is to co-ordinate that effort with an almost non-existent Haitian government, and a UN force who has suffered losses.
As President Hu Jintao unveils a new foreign policy initiative, there is now a renewed interest in a more globally active China. However, decisive differences with the US on Iran, North Korea and Afghanistan show that actions will continue to be carried out with domestic interests in mind.
President Obama aims to exert sufficient military effort to create conditions for transition. This means a dominance over the Taliban - unable to reemerge when transition takes place - together with space and capacity to train and grow the Afghan military and police security forces.
Scrapping the European missile defence system may well have been the right decision for American security. But this terribly-timed move will undermine future relationships with long-suffering Eastern European allies for very little benefit from the Russian bear.