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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
This is the third in a series of five country-level papers on the role of organised crime groups in the illicit trade of tobacco, alcohol and pharmaceuticals across Europe, focusing on Greece as a case study.Tags: Europe, National Security and Resilience Studies, Organised Crime, Organised Crime
David Parker and Jonathan Davis
Europe is on a high state of alert after several terror attacks – and more are thought to be in the pipeline. So which strategy should governments adopt to address radicalisation and prevent future attacks?Tags: Europe, UK, UK Counter-terrorism, Terrorism
The Ministry of Defence recently allocated £7.6 million to a ‘soft kill’ active protection system for armoured vehicles, being tested by QinetiQ. This article examines the potential place of such capabilities within the armoured concepts outlined in the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review.Tags: Europe, UK, Equipment and Acquisitions, Military Sciences, UK Defence
While the world’s gaze is focused on Ukraine and the Baltics as key locations of Russia’s challenge to the West, the real risk lies in Kosovo. It is where President Vladimir Putin imagines that the Western humiliation of Russia began.Tags: Europe, Russia, NATO
US Defense Secretary James Mattis has met his NATO counterparts for his first ministerial gathering since the new US administration came to power.Tags: Americas, Europe, United States, US Defence Policy, NATO, Defence Policy
US Defense Secretary James Mattis has met his NATO counterparts for his first ministerial gathering since the new US administration came to power.Americas, Europe, United States, US Defence Policy, NATO, Defence Policy
Slovakia’s new defence plans deserve greater European attention because they are a good example of how NATO members are adapting to changed strategic circumstances, and how much they still need to accomplish.Europe, NATO
Researchers from the Budapest-based Centre for Euro-Atlantic Integration and Democracy (CEID)
On 2 February 2017, Russian President Vladimir Putin lands in the Hungarian capital of Budapest to meet Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. This is their third bilateral meeting in three years: Putin was in Budapest in 2015, Orbán travelled to Moscow a year after, and this time it is again the Russian president’s turn to come to Hungary. But, given the new president in the White House, this particular...Europe, Russia, European Union
Prime Minister Theresa May’s visit to Washington today is billed as a potential revival of the old US–UK ‘Special Relationship’. But is Britain still special in military terms to the US? And can the British deliver military capabilities the Americans really need?Americas, Europe, UK, United States, US Defence Policy, UK Defence
The inauguration of the new US president has produced mixed reactions in Europe: some, like Germany, are cold-shouldering Donald Trump, while Britain is embracing him. Yet there is no consensus on what is the right approach. There is no guarantee that either would succeed in influencing Washington.Europe, Germany, North America, UK, United States, US Defence Policy, NATO, European Union
Theresa May's visit to meet Donald Trump signals a new emphasis by the the UK government to seek favourable trade deals with the United States as it prepares to leave the European Union. Dr Jonathan...Tags: Europe, UK, United States, Brexit Briefings
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
This is the third in a series of five country-level papers on the role of organised crime groups in the illicit trade of tobacco, alcohol and pharmaceuticals across Europe, focusing on Greece as a...Europe, Occasional Papers, National Security and Resilience Studies, Organised Crime, Organised Crime
This paper offers a summary of the main comments and conclusions from a bilateral workshop jointly held by RUSI and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) in November 2016.Europe, Germany, Russia, UK, Conference Reports, European Union, International Security Studies
This is the second in a series of five country-level papers on the role of organised crime groups in the illicit trade of tobacco, alcohol and pharmaceuticals across Europe, focusing on Spain as a...Europe, Occasional Papers, National Security and Resilience Studies, Organised Crime, Organised Crime
Tom Keatinge and Florence Keen
As the threat from lone-actor and small cell terrorism evolves, this paper examines the financing of both disrupted and successful plots since 2000 in Great Britain, France and Australia. These plots...Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies, Europe, France, UK, Lone-Actor Terrorism, Occasional Papers, AML/CTF, Terrorism
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
A panel discussion with RT Howard and Eugene Curley on the unique relationship between the UK and France since 1945.Europe, France, RUSI International, UK
M. Philippe Errera, DG for International Relations and Strategy (DGRIS) at the French Ministry of Defence (MOD), will give his thoughts on the French approach to defence and security in the face of ‘...Europe, France, RUSI International, Brexit Briefings
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
"“The biggest security concern for Nato is Russia. It would be a very bad signal for Nato if the US were to unilaterally lift sanctions against Russia without extensive consultation with European partners before doing so.” Chalmers adds: “There are many in Europe who would welcome an American president having another go at de-escalating tension with Russia, but the concern is that an American president and a Russian president will talk over Europe’s head and seek to negotiate the future of Europe without Europeans being in the room.”"
President Trump’s careless talk puts Nato on high alertIn The News, 28 January 2017 Europe, Russia, United States, NATO
"“While there is a lot of discussion about closer cooperation in the European Union, there simply is no substitute for American military power. Up to 75 percent of all the military assets in NATO belong to the United States.”"
Could NATO Survive without US Support?In The News, 28 January 2017 Europe, RUSI International, United States, NATO
"“While there is a lot of discussion about closer cooperation in the European Union, there simply is no substitute for American military power," said Eyal. "Up to 75 percent of all the military assets in NATO belong to the United States.”"
Shaken by Trump's Criticism of NATO, Europe Mulls Building Own Military ForceIn The News, 25 January 2017 Europe, RUSI International, United States, US Defence Policy, NATO, Defence Policy
""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