Recent Sino–Russian naval drills in the South China Sea were touted by both states as an example of an alignment in each side’s interests. But the reality is more modest, as the two powers carefully balance the strategic advantages and liabilities of their relationship.
Despite the obvious antagonism between Russia and the US, the two states can also cooperate, as the current deal over Syria indicates, especially when Moscow wishes to expand its available strategic options.
The announcement of an upcoming review of key counter-terrorism and security legislation has received many positive reactions. However, while the threat of terrorism still remains, is a reduction in police powers really a move in the right direction?
The Coroner presiding over the inquests of those who died on 7 July 2005 has ruled she will hear evidence on whether MI5 and the police could have prevented the attacks. The Government is now deciding whether to go along with this, challenge it in court or even stall the inquests and hold a public inquiry instead.