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Offering a new perspective on the geopolitics of Gulf-Asian relations.Whitehall Papers, Pacific, Central and South Asia, Middle East and North Africa
A new Pakistani government has a good opportunity to reform the country’s relationship with the Gulf states, and put them on a more sustained footing.Pakistan, The Gulf Region, International Security Studies, Global Security Issues
Dr Jack Watling tells people not to worry about the Vostok 2018 training exercise, but highlights the risks coming out of it.
Russia’s large-scale forthcoming exercise will demonstrate the country’s growing military capabilities. But there is also an element of theatre in this exercise.Russia, Military Sciences, Land Forces, Military Personnel
The UK should learn from Australia and become a global leader in the provision and coordination of technical assistance by turning its financial crime-fighting focus abroad.Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies, AML/CTF, UK, Europe, Pacific
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has laid out a new vision for American economic engagement in the Indo–Pacific, announcing the rollout of a new US regional infrastructure initiative, which, while...United States, International Security Studies, Asia, New Silk Road, Pacific, Central and South Asia
As the dust settles on the 16 July Helsinki summit between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, the discussion continues to focus on whether Putin or his US counterpart...International Security Studies, Russia, Global Security Issues
Criminals are using an increasingly complex financial modus operandi to take advantage of today’s mostly fragmented approach to detecting their criminal activity. They are, among other means, cycling...Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies, AML/CTF
Haziness on future MoD funding is likely the reason for an update on the Modernising Defence Programme that is rich in platitudes but lacks substance.Defence Spending, Defence, Industries and Society, UK Defence Policy, Military Sciences, Defence Management, UK
A ‘grand bargain’, first proposed by the American diplomat Richard Holbrooke, is needed now more than ever to allay Islamabad’s concerns with India’s presence in Afghanistan, although garnering the...Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tackling Extremism, India, International Security Studies, The Pakistan Nexus, The War on Terror, Indo-Pakistan Conflict, Global Security Issues
After twelve years (from 1998 to 2010) when the UK’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) suffered from a dearth of regular defence reviews, it is now in danger of having too many. The current review will soon...Defence Spending, Defence Management, UK, UK Defence
The argument over the UK’s post-Brexit role in the Galileo satellite network has led to broader discussions of the UK’s role as a space power. Yet, of equal importance is what this episode tells us...Aerospace, National Security and Resilience Studies, European Union, UK, Technology
The final communique of NATO’s Brussels summit pledges Allies to ‘continue to respond to the deteriorated security environment by enhancing our deterrence and defence posture’. But developing NATO’s...NATO, Military Sciences, UK, Global Security Issues, Risk and Resilience, National Security, Resilience
The death of Dawn Sturgess, one of two British civilians poisoned with Novichok, the same type of nerve agent used in last March’s attempted murder of Sergei and Yulia Skripal, escalates questions of...International Security Studies, Russia, UK, Global Security Issues, Technology
The Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson speaks at the RUSI-First Sea Lord's Sea Power ConferenceTags:
Rt Hon Mark Lancaster TD MP, Minister of State for the Armed Forces, and Sarah Fountain Smith, Deputy High Commissioner for Canada to the United Kingdom speak at International Day of United Nations...Tags:
Cristina Varriale, Research Analyst with RUSI’s Proliferation and Nuclear Policy Team, talks about if North Korea are going to walk away from negotiations over American and South Korean joint...Tags:
As the infamous Russian motorcycle club ‘The Night Wolves’ establish a permanent presence in Central Europe, the Kremlin is well-placed to exert its influence in this problematic part of the EUTags: Russia, Global Security Issues, Organised Crime
The Royal Australian Navy is leveraging the latest Aegis combat system, SM-6 interceptor missiles and its new Hobart-class destroyers to limit its vulnerability to proliferating ballistic and cruise missile threats in the Indo-Pacific region. This has implications for interoperability with allies and deterrence.Tags: Maritime Forces, Pacific
J Simon Rofe
The recently concluded FIFA World Cup in Russia provided Russian President Vladimir Putin with a platform to engage in a fruitful bout of ‘sport diplomacy’. Through hosting the World Cup, Putin helped to enhanced Russia’s place on the international stage, positioning himself as orchestrator of a geopolitical contest for the duration of the tournament, while a quality sporting spectacle played out on the pitch.Tags: Russia, Global Security Issues
The Atlantic Alliance should update its approach in light of Russia’s recent use of private military and security companies.Tags: NATO, Russia
Aircraft manufacturers and the Air Ministry struggled to agree on the industry’s structure in preparing for the next war.Tags: Aerospace, Defence Management, UK, History
Peter Layton reviews The End of Grand Strategy: US Maritime Operations in the Twenty-First Century, by Peter Dombrowski and Simon ReichTags: United States
Bleddyn E Bowen
The UK’s Ministry of Defence sees space power as a key part of Britain’s security – whether the RAF takes the lead remains to be seen.Tags: Aerospace, Technology
The advantages of airpower must be demonstrated to decision-makers.Tags: Aerospace, Defence Spending, Technology
Missile Defence Conference 2019: Beyond Ballistic Missiles? Missile Defence in an Era of Great Power CompetitionConference, 13 February 2019
This conference will examine the degree to which the policies articulated in documents such as the upcoming U.S missile defence review and U.K modernizing defence programme will have to be informed...
An exclusive breakfast briefing with Raffaello Pantucci, Director, International Security Studies, RUSI, on countering international terrorism.
This year's RUSI Space conference will develop the conversation with a wider audience beyond the traditional space and defence sector, and build knowledge across the government/industry enterprise.
Lecture by General Sir Nick Carter KCB CBE DSO ADC Gen, Chief of the Defence Staff, UK Ministry of Defence.
Breakfast Briefing - Controlling China: Big Data and Artificial Intelligence are Xi Jinping's 'Fourth Magic Weapon'Events, 10 December 2018
An exclusive breakfast briefing by Charles Parton OBE, Associate Fellow, RUSI, on the significance of big data and artificial intelligence in China.