The next UK government – of whatever political stripe – will face two crucial questions when it comes to defence and security – what do you intend to do with the military and, once you have decided, what is the criteria for deciding what capabilities you need?
Britain’s EU referendum debate has been largely self-focused; with the exception of increasingly shrill warnings about increasing waves of migration from Central Europe - there has been no discussion of the implications of the result on relatively new EU member states.
Despite the relatively harmonious atmosphere at the last meeting of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in Vienna, the behind-the-scenes ‘oil war’ between Iran and Saudi Arabia continues.
Political ‘spin’ is part of any negotiation process, including in discussions on the Iran Nuclear Agreement. While it can sometimes be useful, it is important to keep expectations in check to ensure that goals are both realistic and achievable.