• Politics and Strategy

    Dana H. Allin: Reason, Finally, on Cuba

    17 December 2014.  When news broke today on the Obama administration’s breakthrough of diplomatic relations with Cuba, I thought back to the Survival article by Linda Robinson advocating these steps. What I didn’t quite remember was that this article was published more than 14 years ago. That’s a long time, but only a fraction of the time that America’s embargo and policies of isolation against its neighbor have been a stunning and manifest failure. It...

  • Strategic Comments

    US Navy seeks to maintain supremacy

    16 December 2014. 

    To other navies, the US Navy remains indisputably the world’s pre-eminent military maritime force. But it considers itself to be spread thinly and is reviewing its maritime strategy.

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter Eleven: Securing Middle East Oil

    15 December 2014. 

    Could China replace the United States in the role of guarantor of security in the Gulf?

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter Seven: Obama and the Middle East

    12 December 2014. 

    The Politics, Strategies and Difficulties of American Restraint

  • Military Balance Blog

    Douglas Barrie: The advent of laser weaponry

    11 December 2014.  By Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace If in the past the advent of laser weaponry was not so much a bright and shining lie as more a case of heady over-optimism, then the US Navy’s recent trials with a modestly powered system may herald, finally, the beginning of their adoption into the wider weapons inventory. The US Navy has been discussing the results of a series of operational trials with an...

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter Six: The Gulf States in an Era of American Retrenchment

    11 December 2014.  Barack Obama’s 2009 accession to the US presidency spurred a recalibration of American policy in the Middle East, especially the Gulf.

  • IISS Voices

    Nigel Inkster: Torture and the CIA

    10 December 2014.  By Nigel Inkster, Director for Transnational Threats and Political Risk The unclassified version of the United States Senate report on the CIA’s detention and interrogation of suspected al-Qaeda detainees released on 9 December 2014 makes sobering reading. The facts of the Senate report are not disputed. Between 2001 and 2006, the CIA detained 119 suspected al-Qaeda operatives in a number of secret locations. Of these, 26 subsequently proved to have had...

  • Manama Voices

    Securing Middle East Oil

    09 December 2014.  Middle Eastern Security, the US Pivot and the Rise of ISIS:  Chapter Eleven (extract)

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter Four: Turkey’s Syria Predicament

    09 December 2014.  Ankara finds itself on the horns of a dilemma.

  • Manama Voices

    Is Russia an Outside Power in the Gulf?

    08 December 2014.  Middle Eastern Security, the US Pivot and the Rise of ISIS: Chapter Eight (extract)

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