• Politics and Strategy

    When it comes to starting a nuclear war, size doesn't matter

    21 April 2017.  If threatened, nations with a smaller arsenal may be the most apt to use nuclear weapons.

  • Strategic Comments

    TLAMs in Syria

    12 April 2017. 

    The United States' Tomahawk cruise-missile strikes on the Syrian regime's Shayrat Air Base in retaliation for the regime's sarin attack are unlikely to advance peace in Syria. The regime and its main supporters, Russia and Iran, remain defiant, and the Trump administration appears inclined to frame the strikes as a relatively narrow deterrent against chemical weapons attacks and keep counter-terrorism its main priority in Syria for now.

  • Military Balance Blog

    US Armoured Brigade Combat Teams – rotational deployments

    11 April 2017.  The inactivation of the last Armored Brigade Combat Team to be permanently based overseas leaves Washington’s foreign deployments reliant on US-based rotational forces, with implications for the US Army.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Why China is outdoing the US in Asia’s coercion contest

    03 April 2017.  When it comes to the art of exerting influence without using armed violence, China has the advantage.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Testing times ahead with North Korea

    03 April 2017.  While predicting the behaviour of Pyongyang may be a fool’s errand, North Korea is presently on track to at least match 2016’s 24 ballistic-missile tests as it develops new systems and carries out assurance firings of already fielded types.

  • Strategic Comments

    Shia militias in Iraq

    31 March 2017. 

    Shia militias, some backed by Iran, are now playing an essential role in ejecting the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, from Iraq. There remain stiff challenges associated with the militias' post-ISIS integration into the regular Iraqi security forces and potential availability for other more destabilising Iranian missions. Reining in the Iran-supported militias will be especially difficult.

  • Military Balance Blog

    After Norway’s submarine selection: challenges in a crowded market

    30 March 2017.  Growing European submarine fleets could offer opportunities to manufacturers. But competition is fierce, and emerging nations may soon compete for contracts.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Slingshot redux: Russia's alleged ground-launched cruise missile

    27 March 2017.  Thirty years after what appears to be its direct predecessor was banned as a result of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, the United States claims that Russia has now deployed its first battalion of a ground-launched land-attack cruise missile (GLCM), breaching the three-decade old deal.

  • NATO Transformation Seminar

    NATO Transformation Seminar 2017

    22 March 2017. 

    NATO Transformation Seminar 2017
    Wednesday 22 March–Thursday 23 March
    Marriott Hotel, Budapest, Hungary

  • NATO Transformation Seminar

    Young Professionals Day 2017

    21 March 2017. 

    NATO Transformation Seminar – Young Professionals Day 2017
    Tuesday 21 March
    Marriott Hotel, Budapest, Hungary


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