Wars cannot be executed without labourers. During the First World War – and in particular following the terrible losses of the Somme in 1916 – Britain’s War Office assembled an army of workers. Yet today, they are almost uniformly forgotten. At an event at RUSI next week, we bring ‘The Unremembered’ out of the shadows acknowledging their extraordinary courage and sacrifices.
Ankara is using its military presence in northern Syria to prevent Kurdish independence and have more of a say in a post-Assad future of the country. The problem is, its main allies, Iran and Russia, are pro-Assad.
This week, the RUSI Analysis Podcast examines corruption, and how money lost to it can be reclaimed. The issue's the subject of a paper called Plundering the Treasure Chest, published recently by RUSI. It highlights the relevance of corruption to global security, and the success of Western interventions.
We know little about François Hollande's stance on wider foreign and defence policy issues. Though we are unlikely to see major changes from his predecessor, some clues from his successful campaign suggest that President-elect Hollande will adopt a more European and Gaullist approach.
The success of military operations in Afghanistan and beyond requires better communications with publics at home and on the frontline. To do this, we need to further erode the barriers between the diplomatic, military and civilian worlds.