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Wars in Peace: British Military Operations since 1991 April 2014
British operations since the end of the Cold War have spanned the full spectrum of military commitments – from limited, short and sharp demonstrations of force in Sierra Leone and Libya, through to the intense and drawn-out campaigns of Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Afghan Papers: Committing Britain to War in Helmand, 2005-06 December 2011
Scholars, policymakers from government and military officers contribute to an original RUSI analysis that provides a first, trenchant insight into the decision to commit the UK to a war that may define British policy for a generation.
After Afghanistan: Lessons for NATO’s Future Wars May 2014
This article examines the key lessons to be drawn from counter-insurgency in Afghanistan, and highlights the questions that will need to be addressed if the Alliance is to be equipped to meet future challenges in a changing world
Reflections on the Counter-Insurgency Era August 2013
In his acceptance speech – an edited version of which is presented here – General David H Petraeus (Rtd) reflects on the ‘Counter-Insurgency Era’ of the past decade and draws lessons for the future.
Britain's Afghanistan Deployment In 2006 April 2012 An insider’s account of the decision- and policy-making process in Whitehall at the time and structures and mindsets in Britain’s strategic planning.
Cross-Government Planning and the Helmand Decision, 2005–06 April 2012 An assessment of the inner workings of the inter-departmental machine within which the government elaborated its Afghan policy.
Ministerial Decision-Making in the Run-Up to the Helmand Deployment April 2012 This article revisits the dynamics behind the ministers’ failure to devise and maintain a successful strategy.
Learning the Strategic Lessons from Afghanistan April 2012 Decisions surrounding Britain’s involvement in Afghanistan continue to be the subject of heated debate among policy-making and military circles, this article examines the useful lessons for the future of Britain’s strategy-making.
A Good War Gone Wrong? October 2011 Review of Afghanistan: How the West Lost Its Way; Cables from Kabul: The Inside Story of the West’s Afghanistan Campaign; and Losing Small Wars: British Military Failure in Iraq and Afghanistan.
COIN Machine: The British Military in Afghanistan June 2009
This article examines Britain’s capabilities and resources in Helmand Province, and assesses the high-level strategy and civilian-military inter-relationships that provide the overarching framework of current operations
Presentations by Key Policy Makers at RUSI