As the situation deteriorates at the frontline, there is always the danger of a serious eruption in hostilities and escalation. But it is more likely that each side is trying to provoke the other into committing further ceasefire violations.
The blockage of the Suez Canal has underscored once more the urgency of diversifying global maritime trade routes. While the Arctic’s Northern Sea Route is often held up as an alternative, it is more likely that the two routes will end up coexisting without undercutting each other.
The new Royal Navy force structure and commitments announced in the Defence Command Paper should create a force broadly suitable for the foreign policy aims laid out in the Integrated Review. However, the second order implications may create problems in future.
22 November 2016 - Lord Hennessy and Dr James Jinks were today named as the latest recipients of its annual prize recognising the best book that makes a notable and original contribution to the study...