Justin Bronk, research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, described the drone as “very sophisticated” and said it was unlikely that the military aircraft would have strayed accidentally into Iranian air space.
Tensions are rising again between India and Pakistan over violent attacks in Jammu and Kashmir. India and Pakistan have differing views on the role of international mediation in resolving this conflict. But foreign involvement remains essential, and China–US cooperation may be a way forward.
In the latest Gaza conflict, neither side has 'won'. The ceasefire as it stands does no more than restore a fraught status quo, one that will almost certainly crumble again in the absence of dramatic political shifts in Gaza, Israel and the West Bank.
The ongoing Operation Pillar of Defence is the latest manifestation of Israeli efforts to disarm Hamas of its supply of long range missiles and to demonstrate to Hamas’ leadership the strategic miscalculation of using force to pursue its objectives.
The engagement with Hamas and the subsequent escalation of force after Hamas’s response represents a strategic gamble by the Netanyahu government. While on the tactical level the operation has parallels with Operation Cast Lead, the wider strategic context has changed since 2009.
When the A400M eventually becomes available, it will be more expensive, delayed
and less capable than contractually agreed. The willingness of European Governments, and especially the UK’s, to bail out the programme is troubling.
Sir Stephen Dalton was appointed Chief of the Air Staff, UK in July 2009. A fast-jet pilot, he was UK Director of the Eurofighter Programme and later Director General Typhoon. Until his current post, he was Deputy Commander-in-Chief, Personnel. He talked to Bill Kincaid on 5 January 2010.