• Events

    Countering Ebola in Sierra Leone: The British Military Contribution

    11 March 2015. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Brigadier Steve McMahon
    Commander 104th Logistic Support Brigade, British Army
    Arundel House, London
    Wednesday 11 March 2015, 12-1pm

  • Politics and Strategy

    Jeffrey Mazo: The three percent solution

    19 February 2015.  Last April, when the RAF deployed four Typhoon aircraft to Lithuania in response to events in Ukraine, a popular British satirical TV show commented: ‘Four? The entire air force? Are they mad?’ Defence cuts haven’t got that bad, but are still a cause for concern. As The Military Balance 2015 – launched last week – points out, ‘the target of an 8% real reduction in defence spending triggered by the...

  • Survival

    Showing the Flag

    30 January 2015.  Britain is no longer an Arctic nation, but it has a unique Arctic role.

  • Expert Commentary

    Independent: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

    28 January 2015.  On 21 January, Iraq Inquiry chairman Sir John Chilcot announced that the investigative report would not be published before the UK general election in May 2015. Amid growing frustration at this delay, Consulting Fellow for the Middle East Toby Dodge reflected on his experience in 2002 of briefing then-prime minister Tony Blair on the potential negative outcomes of an invasion. Speaking to the Independent, Dodge described how he and five...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Matthew Harries: Trident and the spectre of unilateralism

    23 January 2015.  On 20 January, the House of Commons debated the motion that 'this House believes that Trident should not be renewed'. Parliament voted in 2007 to renew the United Kingdom’s nuclear forces – but after eight years and a reported £1.24 billion in spending on the successor programme, it is still not entirely clear what will happen once the current generation of ballistic-missile submarines begins to leave service around 20 years...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Alex Nicoll: UK constitution - a three-act play

    17 December 2014.  Scotland’s vote in September to remain within the United Kingdom was but one step in what could turn out to be a constitutional upheaval. The outcome might be a very different kind of country. Or it might not be. At this stage, it is impossible to tell. As it turns out, the decisive outcome of the referendum did not even resolve the issue of Scotland’s future. As I wrote in...

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 4: Europe

    15 December 2014. 

    Europe: Russia’s challenge to European order; NATO Summit to reassure and deter; European defence: changing trajectories; Defence Economics; Regional defence spending; Changing budgetary priorities?
    France: Intervention and operations; Defence economics; Implementing the Loi de Programmation Militaire; Defence industry
    United Kingdom: Operations; Military capability; Prospects; Defence economics; Defence spending; Increased spending efficiency; Challenges remain

  • Manama Voices

    James Hackett: Developing Lebanon's armed forces

    07 December 2014.  By James Hackett, Senior Fellow for Defence and Military Analysis It was understandable that much debate during the second plenary session at the tenth Manama Dialogue would, in common with many speeches and questions over the weekend, focus on the fight against Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) and extremist ideologies. One section of the speech by France's defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian reminded delegates that this...

  • Manama Voices

    Christian Le Miere: UK returning East of Suez

    06 December 2014.  By Christian Le Mière, Senior Fellow for Naval Forces and Maritime Security Speaking at the Manama Dialogue, UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond announced the signing of a new Memorandum of Understanding with Bahrain that will allow for the construction of a naval base in the country. The Middle East is the most visited theatre of operations for the Royal Navy beyond Europe. There are four Sandown-class mine countermeasures vessels forward deployed in the region...

  • Manama Dialogue

    Strategic Priorities in the Middle East

    06 December 2014. 

    IISS Manama Dialogue 2014: 10th Regional Security Summit
    First Plenary Session

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