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The forthcoming defence review will have to respond to pressures on resources, acknowledge the need to build public understanding of defence, and consider the best means to conceive of effects-based operations.Defence Management, Defence Policy
Britain’s overall military strategy must be dominated by maritime considerations, and the national security policy that the strategy serves has to remain within reach of, though not always in lock-step with, that of the United States.Defence Policy, Maritime Forces
Whatever adjustments to the military procurement programme are made in the defence review, the UK will still be a major military force with a future aggregate capability superior to that of any other US ally.Defence Policy
The main driver in the defence review should not be a war plan for Afghanistan but a tightly defined and genuinely national view of security.
The defence review is likely to see new funding cuts imposed upon an already pathetically small base. A national debate on the subject is now urgently needed.
J Peter Pham
It is now time for creative political imagination and pragmatic policy innovations in the DRC.
Stephen Carter argues that despite international efforts nation building in the DRC is in danger of failing, finishing the job requires a new deal and a commitment to security and institutional development.
The situation in the DRC is too precarious to be ignored any longer by the international community.
Jaap de Hoop Scheffer
In the light of the sixtieth anniversary of NATO, de Hoop Scheffer discusses emerging challenges it faces, specifically one are in to which the Alliance has turned its attention to in the past few years, energy security.
Counter-Terrorism from Within: Assessing Saudi Arabia's Religious Rehabilitation and Disengagement ProgrammeRUSI Journal, December 2008
Christopher Boucek provides an overview of the Saudi Arabian counter-terrorism strategy, specifically the programs that seek to rehabilitate and disengage Islamist extremists.
Julian Lindley-French and Wouter van Straten
The future of military operations are likely to focus on water and hence will be wet rather than land based: this needs to be taken into consideration for planning.
Clash of Organisational Cultures? The challenge of integrating civilian and military efforts in stabilisation operationsRUSI Journal, December 2008
Andrea Barbara Baumann
Andrea Baumann takes a critical stance towards military and non-military organizations as ‘instruments of state power’ and calls for an examination of the role of organisational culture as an obstacle to their cooperation.
Richard Overy reflects on the elements that have shaped the identity of the RAF throughout its history.
Matthew Hughes examines the role of US Marines regarding the deaths of civilians on the island of Saipan in 1944.National Security
‘This Is War! Robert Capa at War and Gerda Taro: On the Subject of War’ at the Barbican Art Gallery by Kim Mandeng, and book reviews from Michael Snape, James Holland, Ahmad Faruqui, Nicholas AM Rodger, Jeremy Black, Christopher Coker, Tina Soria, Sean McFate, John T Kuehn, Alexander Alderson, John A Nagl and Lawrence Freedman.