• Events

    Japan and UK as strategic partners - towards further cooperation in the defence field

    02 May 2014. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Minister Minoru Kihara, Parliamentary Vice Minister of Defence, Japan
    Arundel House, London
    Friday 02 May 2014, 11:00am-12:00pm

  • IISS Voices

    Jenny Nielsen: The UK's Trident debate continues

    02 April 2014.    By Jenny Nielsen, Research Analyst, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme The debate on the future of the UK’s submarine-based Trident nuclear-missile system continues, with a broad spectrum of views on the role, postures and relevance of this system in the twenty-first century. The Trident system and the notion of the UK’s deterrent are arguably overdue for some semantic ‘conscious uncoupling’.  Last week, the House of Commons Defence Committee published its eleventh report entitled Deterrence...

  • Military Balance Blog

    Joseph Dempsey: HMS Astute – a special deployment?

    01 April 2014.  By Joseph Dempsey, Research Analyst for The Military Balance. On 20 March 2014 HMS Astute, the lead ship in the Royal Navy’s latest generation of nuclear hunter-killer submarines, docked in Gibraltar. Launched in 2007 and commissioned in 2010, Astute has had an extended and sometimes troubled journey towards operational readiness. The current visit to the Mediterranean is reported to represent the first operational deployment of the boat, during which it is...

  • Survival

    Has Britain Found its Role?

    01 April 2014. 

    The question is not whether Britain is a great power, but whether it does what great powers do. In the absence of wider changes, Britain will continue to play this role.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Douglas Barrie: US carrier-strike-group ambitions – a UK contribution

    28 March 2014.  By Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace If UK Secretary of State for Defence Philip Hammond had required any reminding as to the level of American interest regarding British procurement ambitions during his visit to the US in the last week of March, he need have looked no further than the Pentagon’s 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR), released earlier in the month. The QDR outlined what it termed ‘strategically complementary approaches’...

  • Events

    Continuing the Trident Debate: Role, Alternatives and Opportunity Cost

    18 March 2014. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Sir Nick Harvey MP
    Former Minister of State for the Armed Forces
    Dr Julian Lewis MP
    Former Shadow Defence Minister
    Admiral Lord West of Spithead
    Former First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff
    Baroness Williams of Crosby
    Former Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords
    Arundel House, London
    Tuesday 18 March 2014

  • Military Balance Blog

    Shiloh Fetzek: UK MoD assesses climate-change risks

    10 March 2014.  By Shiloh Fetzek, Research Analyst for Climate Change and Security A cache of unpublished MoD climate change risk assessments, recently obtained by Friends of the Earth through Freedom of Information requests, show how the MoD are preparing the defence estate for climate change. An article on the documents in the Telegraph on 21 February highlighted defence assets vulnerable to flooding, in light of recent extreme weather affecting Britain and the call-out...

  • Events

    The Direction of War

    27 February 2014. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Professor Sir Hew Strachan
    Chichele Professor of the History of War, All Souls College, University of Oxford
    Arundel House, London
    Thursday 27 February 2014

  • Strategic Comments

    Step forward for Franco-British defence cooperation

    14 February 2014. 

    A recent Franco-British summit marked a significant step forward for what is one of the most important efforts among European governments to work together to obtain better value from shrinking defence budgets.

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