China’s leader has launched an anti-corruption drive that seems to strike at the heart of the Communist Party. Yet the persistence of the campaign may instead reflect his stubborn faith in the fundamental correctness of the system.
Taiwan's attempt to gain leverage in the cross-strait stand-off with the People's Republic of China in the mid seventies by launching a nuclear weapons programme was immediately thwarted by the United States. Newly released classified documents made available by the US National Archive shed considerable light on the pressure exerted by the US on Taiwan to cease its...
The Significance of the White Paper
Today’s White Paper constitutes the most comprehensive and open official review of the UK’s nuclear deterrence policy, posture and capability since the end of the Cold War. Presentation of Government plans for the future of the UK’s independent strategic deterrent in this depth is not only important for a full Parliamentary debate over the...
Britain has possessed its own nuclear weapons for just over fifty years and is laying plans to keep them going for the next half-century. But Trident replacement is not the best use of government money.
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.
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.