In cancelling South Stream in exchange for a deal with Turkey, Russia is attempting to maintain the economic benefits of a share of the European gas market whilst steering clear of the sticky political issues that accompany it.
The launch of RUSI’s new Centre for Financial Crime & Security Studies comes at a time when new initiatives are seeking to bridge the gulf in trust and partnership between the public and private sectors.
The UK’s Whole Force Concept — which aims to reconfigure reserves and private-sector defence personnel more closely alongside military personnel — is not fit-for-purpose and lacks overall enterprise-level planning, argues a new RUSI Briefing Paper.
The latest UK Terrorism Analysis suggests that Africa represents a potential new front for counter-terrorism in Britain and the linkages already evident across the continent suggest the development of some disturbing new trends.
President-elect Putin has been ushered into power on a promise of furthering Russia's hard-nosed attitude towards the West. Central to Putin's stance is continued Russian reticence towards NATO's plans for Ballistic Missile Defence. A stand-off ensues where Russian insistence on guarantees will be hard to meet.
As the full ramifications of the austerity measures become clear, the UK may be reconsidering the choice of F-35 variant which it will buy under its Joint Combat Aircraft programme. For costs and operational reasons, Variant B is the logical choice.
This Whitehall Paper is the first study in English of the West German aerospace industry from its origins in the 1950s to the takeover of MBB by Daimler Benz in 1989. It examines the structure of the...