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Jonathan Eyal reviews The Vanquished: Why the First World War Failed to End, 1917–1923, by Robert Gerwarth.Tags: Europe, RUSI International, The Great War, History
US Signs Defense Pacts With Baltic States, but NATO Allies Wary of Trump EraIn The News, 18 January 2017 Tags: Europe, North America, RUSI International, US Defence Policy, NATO
News, 10 January 2017
As the UK government appoints a new ambassador to lead Brexit negotiations from Brussels, a RUSI briefing paper maps out the threats and opportunities to British foreign and security policy as talks proceed.Tags: Europe, UK, Brexit Briefings
Despite a looming split, the UK must seek to create a new relationship with the EU while strengthening ties with major European and non-European partners. Such measures could allow the UK to continue to contribute to resolving major security challenges.Tags: Europe, UK, European Union, Security Policy, Brexit Briefings
""While authorities have shown a capacity to disrupt networks within their country, they have faced numerous attacks in the past year. If Isil is turning it attention in a more focused way on Ankara, given the proximity to the group’s remaining Caliphate as well as the clearly substantial networks linked to the group that exist within the country, then it seems likely that more will unfortunately get through. " "
ISIL's attack in Istanbul is a turning point - and more violence could followIn The News, 3 January 2017 Tags: Europe, Middle East and North Africa, Turkey, International Security Studies, Terrorism
As the threat from Islamic State evolves, security responses must too. Financial intelligence must continue to play a critical role in identifying and disrupting new threats, in investigating foreign terrorist fighters and prosecuting their supporters.Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies, Europe, France, Iraq, Middle East and North Africa, Syria, Al-Qa'ida, AML/CTF, Terrorism
The UK is ‘back East of Suez’, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson declared earlier this month. However, while the British government is making the engagement with the Arab Gulf states a centrepiece of its foreign policy, Germany is also looking to strengthen its relationships in the region, albeit more cautiously and with less fanfare.Europe, Germany, Middle East and North Africa, RUSI International, Defence Policy
US President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of ExxonMobile Chief Executive Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State is being interpreted in Russia as a friendly move. It comes after Russian President Vladimir Putin mentioned US–Russia relations in the most positive light since the Ukraine war began in 2014.Europe, Russia, International Security Studies, Global Security Issues
An independent, government-commissioned report to inform Britain’s national shipbuilding strategy makes very pertinent recommendations, but it fails to bridge the divide between economic considerations and operational requirements.Europe, UK, Equipment and Acquisitions, Military Sciences, Defence Policy, Maritime Forces, UK Defence
The global fight against money laundering and financial crime continues unabated, albeit in different and often surprising forms and locations, as three disparate recent events have indicated. And cash, in the form of high-denomination bank notes, is being targeted.Central and South Asia, Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies, Europe, India, AML/CTF
Dr Jonathan Eyal, Associate Director of RUSI speaks with Oana Lungescu, NATO spokesperson on the transatlantic relationship as Donald Trump prepares to become the 45th US President.Tags: Europe, RUSI International, United States
RUSI Director of Defence, Industries and Society, Dr John Louth looks at how changing US attitudes to defence and security following the election of Donald Trump could see the growth of both European...Tags: Europe, UK, United States, Defence, Industries and Society, Defence Management, Defence Policy
General Frank Gorenc, Commander Allied Air Command discusses the air power challenges for the Atlantic alliance on the eve of the NATO Summit.Tags: Air Power and Technology, Europe, United States, NATO, Military Sciences, Aerospace, Global Security Issues
Professor Malcolm Chalmers, Deputy Director General of the Royal United Services Institute gives his reaction to the Brexit decision and what this means for the UK and her place in the world.Tags: Europe, UK, Brexit Briefings
Former defence secretary Liam Fox makes the case for #Brexit and outlines how the UK could operate internationally if it leave the UK. "This is is not us leaving Europe, it is us rejoining the rest...Tags: Europe, UK
Despite a looming split, the UK must seek to create a new relationship with the EU while strengthening ties with major European and non-European partners. Such measures could allow the UK to continue...Europe, UK, Briefing Papers, European Union, Security Policy, Brexit Briefings
Emil Dall, Andrea Berger and Tom Keatinge
Almost a year after the Iran Nuclear Deal came into effect, this paper examines how financial institutions have approached Iran after the lifting of sanctions. It also highlights the need to update...Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies, Europe, Iran, Iran's Nuclear Programme, Middle East and North Africa, Occasional Papers, Proliferation and Nuclear Policy, Proliferation and Nuclear Policy
Edited by Emil Dall and Ben Pearce
The 2016 UK PONI Papers examine contemporary civil and military nuclear issues and are written by emerging experts from academia, government and industry who presented at the 2016 UK Project on...Europe, UK, Trident, Conference Reports, Proliferation and Nuclear Policy, Trident, UK Project on Nuclear Issues, Proliferation and Nuclear Policy
John Louth, Trevor Taylor and Lauren Twort
An Armed Forces Covenant programme office should be established to enable businesses to better support the armed forces and their families. Championed by a senior member of the Royal Family, the...Europe, UK, Defence, Industries and Society, Occasional Papers, Military Personnel, UK Defence
A decade after revelations of information sharing between US authorities and SWIFT, policymakers have proposed a terrorist finance tracking system for Europe.Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies, Europe, UK, Occasional Papers, European Union, AML/CTF, Information, Intelligence
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria, H.E. Mr Daniel Mitov, will give a speech on the challenges facing the south-eastern flank of NATO and the EU.Europe, Russia, Turkey
A lecture by The Rt Hon Lord Owen CH FRCP, former UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.Europe, UK
Expectations for the NATO Warsaw Summit: A Presentation by the State Minister of Georgia on European and Euro-Atlantic IntegrationEvents, 14 April 2016
In addressing Georgia’s stance on NATO and the EU, David Bakradze will discuss the role of strategic communications in the build up to the 2016 NATO Summit.Central and South Asia, Europe, Georgia, United Nations, European Union, Global Strategy and Commitments, International Security Studies, Global Security Issues
""All of them could suffer exactly the same fate if there is an invasion of these countries," he said. "And therefore any invasion of these countries will automatically trigger off a response by all the NATO countries.""
US Signs Defense Pacts With Baltic States, but NATO Allies Wary of Trump EraIn The News, 18 January 2017 Europe, North America, RUSI International, US Defence Policy, NATO
""While authorities have shown a capacity to disrupt networks within their country, they have faced numerous attacks in the past year. If Isil is turning it attention in a more focused way on Ankara, given the proximity to the group’s remaining Caliphate as well as the clearly substantial networks linked to the group that exist within the country, then it seems likely that more will unfortunately get through. ""
ISIL's attack in Istanbul is a turning point - and more violence could followIn The News, 3 January 2017 Europe, Middle East and North Africa, Turkey, International Security Studies, Terrorism
"“When you have an open event, something that’s almost ad hoc such as a Christmas market, then the need to have greater security measures has become more pronounced in light of these events in Nice and now in Berlin,” he said. “Now designers and scientists have got the technology to create aesthetically pleasing barriers to prevent cars from ramming into buildings,” said Abbas. “As part of that you have things like innocent flower pots outside buildings that are actually enforced with concrete and metal to prevent a truck from going over them. They are hidden and blended into the aesthetics of the building.” “You try to protect yourself from any possible risk, but there will always be something that creeps through. With terrorism you’re always playing a game of catch-up in some respects and this is where lessons learned from across the world become important.”"
What can be done to prevent Berlin-style attacks in modern cities?In The News, 20 December 2016 Europe, Germany, National Security and Resilience Studies, Resilience, Terrorism
""[Deportations are] an effective way of getting rid of people, one other countries are looking at jealously,” said Raffaello Pantucci, director of international security studies at the Royal United Services Institute, a British think tank. “The question is, ‘How long will it be effective for?’ If you have powers like that used in indiscriminate fashion you start to threaten the model you are trying to protect.”"
From mafia to terror, the Italian wayIn The News, 4 November 2016 Europe, International Security Studies, Terrorism
""Can you name which conflict the EU wanted to be involved with but didn't because it didn't have a command headquarters?" he asked. "Is there an example of a time when the Americans did not allow the Europeans to go fighting? A lot of this army plan is in the realm of make-believe." He said the motivation for the plans was "a desperate search for something to do … a project that will display the idea somehow that this EU is not about to be dismembered [by Brexit]." "This is not a Europe looking to the future," he said. "A shiny new building with a shiny new complement of officials is a very big waste of cash but there's nothing inherently anti-NATO, it's just a solution in search of a problem.""
US-Led NATO in Spotlight as Europe Pushes Joint Army, DefensesIn The News, 3 October 2016 Europe, RUSI International, NATO, European Union, Land Forces, Military Personnel