RUSI convened a debate between political parties on the subject of defence ahead of the UK General Election, scheduled for 8 June 2017. The main topics proved to be the requirement for a full defence review after the election, and whether the current force level was affordable.
In November 2016, RUSI convened a two-day conference on ‘Organised Crime and Illicit Trade in Europe’. It was supported by the EU’s Hercule III Programme (2014–2020), which is implemented by the European Commission.
French President Emmanuel Macron earned many plaudits for his astonishing political rise and decisive electoral success. But he still has to win his country’s parliamentary elections, scheduled for 11 and 18 June.
NatWest’s planned closure of the UK bank accounts of Russia state-funded TV network RT has caused a storm of debate in Moscow. Russia has been quick to accuse the UK government of being behind it, but the most likely driver may be banking compliance matters.
Although the UK will implement the EU’s Fourth Money Laundering Directive, which was negotiated before the Brexit vote, a challenge lies ahead in dealing with the European Commission’s proposed amendments to the text of the Directive, some of which the UK does not support.
The debate about the EU military headquarters is not as vacuous as some of its British critics claim, although it has undoubtedly been given a new lease of life by the Brexit vote. Still, the UK would be well-advised to drop its vociferous opposition to the scheme, even if it continues to entertain doubts about its viability.
The UK PONI Autumn Seminar brought together three former Cabinet ministers to present personal accounts of their interactions with nuclear policy and decision-making, conveying their insights to the...