• Adelphi Books

    Introduction

    28 May 2015. 

    China’s increasing desire and capacity to protect nationals and assets abroad, and its effect on Chinese foreign policy, is the leitmotif of this book. 

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter 4: Murder on the Mekong: The long arm of Chinese law

    24 May 2015. 

    The murder of 13 Chinese sailors on the Mekong River in October 2011 prompted a technically still non-interventionist Beijing to become de facto a river cop along Southeast Asia’s longest waterway.

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter 5: International rescue: Beijing’s mass evacuation from Libya

    23 May 2015. 

    Beijing entered a new era in spring 2011 when, as part of a larger evacuation, four Chinese military planes landed in the southern Libyan desert to rescue stranded Chinese workers.

  • Expert Commentary

    France 24: Where do the anti-FARC camp raids leave the peace process?

    16 April 2015.  Interview with Antonio Sampaio, Research Associate for Security and Development

  • Military Balance Blog

    Douglas Barrie: Iran’s 'indigenous‘ cruise-missile design underscores Kh-55 heritage

    15 April 2015.  By Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace Some 14 years after illegally acquiring at least six Raduga Kh-55 (NATO reporting name: AS-15 Kent) cruise missiles from Ukraine (China at the same time acquired six Kh-55s through the same Ukrainian sources), and in the wake of reports that it was developing cruise-missile technologies, Iran revealed the result of its efforts for the first time in early March 2015. The Soumar cruise...

  • Military Balance Blog

    Saudi Arabia - Selected Military Capabilities

    30 March 2015.  On the morning of 25 March, Saudi Arabia’s armed forces – leading a coalition of neighbouring states – began airstrikes on targets in Yemen in support of the beleaguered de jure administration of President Hadi. It is reported that key objectives include targets associated with the rebel Houthi group as well as forces loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Saudi military forces had previously engaged Houthi targets in Yemen...

  • Military Balance Blog

    Douglas Barrie: Russian strategic-bomber upgrade indicates new cruise-missile deployment

    18 March 2015.  By Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace Although lately British focus has been on occasional pictures of the Russian Tupolev Tu-95MS strategic bomber (NATO reporting name: Bear) in the UK flight-information region, an arguably more significant image of the Bear flying over Russia has recently also appeared. The aircraft has been photographed fitted with four sets of large-weapon pylons between the engine nacelles. The pylon design is not new...

  • Military Balance Blog

    James Hackett: The Military Balance – equipment continuities over time

    13 March 2015.  By James Hackett, Editor of The Military Balance; Senior Fellow for Defence and Military Analysis Those of us who work on The Military Balance, like our readers, look for patterns and trends in our data. Sometimes these can relate to ways in which states are developing their defence forces, prompted perhaps by the outcome of defence reviews; these might lead to changes in the number, or role, of military organisations. Sometimes trends...

  • Military Balance Blog

    James Hackett: Deepening defence ties across the Pacific

    08 March 2015.  By James Hackett, Editor, The Military Balance and Senior Fellow for Defence and Military Analysis  Debate at the inaugural IISS Cartagena Dialogue has seen much focus on the growing commercial and political ties between the states on either side of the Pacific. Cooperation is increasing, and this mounting trans-Pacific relationship can also be seen in the defence realm. Though these associations are slight compared with the intensity of US defence relations with...

  • Military Balance Blog

    Ben Barry: Prospects for the United Kingdom's armed forces in 2015 and beyond

    03 March 2015.  By Ben Barry, Senior Fellow for Land Warfare As is detailed in The Military Balance 2015, the UK is still the fifth biggest defence spender in the world, and it remains the second biggest spender in NATO. In addition to this, as Ben Barry notes, the British armed forces continue to uphold a reputation for professionalism and effectiveness. But, the 8-9% decrease in the UK military defence budget as compared to...

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