• Events

    An Update on the Ukraine Crisis: The New Minsk Agreements and Beyond

    03 March 2015. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Dr Samuel Charap, Senior Fellow for Russia and Eurasia at the International Institute for Strategic Studies
    Arundel House, London
    Tuesday 3 March 2015, 6:30-8pm

  • Military Balance Blog

    Ben Barry: Analysing the conflict in eastern Ukraine

    25 February 2015.  By Ben Barry, Senior Fellow for Land Warfare As the crisis in Ukraine has unfolded it has become increasingly apparent that there is a military disparity between the Ukrainian forces and the Russian forces assisting the pro-Russia separatists. According to Ben Barry, this incongruence is due to a combination of factors including corruption, modernisation, and defence expenditure. Ukraine’s defence expenditure, compared to Russia’s, has been at a consistently low level. This...

  • Events

    International Responses to Hybrid Conflict in Fragile States

    24 February 2015. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Dr Jamie Shea
    Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, NATO
    Arundel House, London
    Tuesday 24 February 2015, 12:30-1:30pm

  • Military Balance Blog

    Douglas Barrie: Russian armed forces' equipment recapitalisation programme progress

    17 February 2015.  By Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace Russia is in the midst of a defence modernisation programme covering all services – land, sea, air and strategic systems. This is by no means the first effort Russia has made to recapitalise across the service domains. However, in the past few years progress has been significantly better than in previous efforts and the current State Armaments Programme has seen much more success...

  • Military Balance Blog

    Alexander Nicoll: NATO - posture and developments in 2014

    17 February 2015.  By Alexander Nicoll, Senior Fellow for Geo-economics and Defence The Military Balance has its origins in the Cold War standoff between NATO and the former Soviet Union, and as the 2015 edition discusses, the past year has seen NATO in some senses return to its origins. A new Cold War is not the aim, as Alex Nicoll explains, but the events of 2014 engendered a reappraisal of both NATO’s own role...

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 1, Part III: Hybrid warfare: challenge and response

    12 February 2015.  A challenge to NATO
    Broader responses
    Military aspects

  • Military Balance Blog

    Douglas Barrie: Russia’s revised military doctrine – developments in 2014

    12 February 2015.  By Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace The Russian government published a new Military Doctrine on 26 December 2014, in a revision of the previous 2010 version. Given the deterioration in relations between Moscow and the West after Russia’s annexation of Crimea, and the subsequent conflict in Ukraine, the revised document was notable perhaps more for its comparatively measured tone and less for any revelatory content. However, it provides an...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Matthew Harries: Survival on Western strategy towards Russia

    12 February 2015.  Angela Merkel and François Hollande are returning from Minsk with an agreement for a ceasefire in Eastern Ukraine. The news raises hopes of an end to this acute stage of the conflict, but of course such hopes have been raised and then dashed numerous times already. In any event, broader questions about Ukraine’s fate – and the future of European security – remain unsolved. With those questions in mind, two...

  • The Military Balance

    Editor’s Introduction

    11 February 2015.  At the beginning of 2015, defence and security planners were reflecting on a preceding year that added extra crises to an already increasingly complex and fractured global security environment.

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