Thailand’s troubled politics

A bomb attack in the Thai capital, Bangkok, on 17 August 2015 – while not conclusively linked straightaway to any particular faction or terrorist group – has again focused international attention on the country’s turbulent domestic politics. 

China’s land reclamation in the South China Sea

For China’s neighbours, the most worrying aspect of its land-reclamation works in the South China Sea is that it is unilaterally changing the status quo.

Iran’s nuclear agreement: the terms

If implemented, the 14 July agreement will put off the threat of a nuclear weapon for 15 years, and remove Iran from isolation.

Communications interception: UK report seeks legal reform

The UK produces the most detailed examination of official interception of communications yet.

Russian air patrols: long-range ambitions

Russia's long-range bomber missions are an opportunity to improve performance and serve as a reminder to NATO of Russia’s extended-range strike capability.

UK defence review: a test of strategic ambitions

A new UK defence review will be important in reconsidering the part that the country wishes to play in the world.

NPT review: failure underlines challenges ahead

The recent deterioration in relations between Russia and the West has dampened hopes that the NPT RevCon could deliver meaningful progress on arms control.

European defence spending rises, but well short of NATO target

Although NATO’s European members are increasing defence spending in the context of Russian aggression, there is a $100bn deficit between aspirations and actual spending.