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Britain's Iraq Inquiry – an initial military assessment

The long-awaited results of a seven-year inquiry into the UK's role in the Iraq War of 2003 have finally been published. Here, Ben Barry recalls his own experiences of assessing the British Army's efforts to stabilise the country after the conflict and how he came to similarly uncomfortable conclusions about the UK's failure to achieve its strategic objectives.


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    Pakistan’s Afghan refugees are pawns in a political conflict

    18 January 2017.  Pakistan’s use of refugees for political leverage reflects a global trend. Caitlin Vito argues the tactic could prompt a humanitarian crisis – and will not bring Pakistan the security it craves.

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    Spies, lies and the US president-elect

    16 January 2017.  A blizzard of angry Tweets has laid bare the rift between Donald Trump and the United States intelligence community. But the saga does not suggest a Russian mastery of information warfare, argues Nigel Inkster. When the going gets tough, Trump will still look to his intelligence community for answers – even if his instincts are to disparage it.

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    The Islamic Republic after Rafsanjani

    12 January 2017.  As a force for pragmatism over ideology, Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani’s absence from Iranian politics is likely to be keenly felt by the country’s moderate voices. As Clément Therme explains, the demise of the former president and key architect of the Islamic Republic throws debates about Iran’s future into sharp relief.

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    Global development and the fear of Trump

    12 January 2017.  Comments made by Donald Trump during his election campaign suggest that US support for global development will be at risk during his presidency. But the political establishment’s faith in development offers some hope for the years ahead, Antônio Sampaio says.

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    Obituary: Des Ball 1947–2016

    22 December 2016.  Des Ball achieved international fame and influence as a strategic weapons expert. His friend and colleague Robert O'Neill remembers a 'first-rate scholar' who 'never lost his gentle, considerate and tolerant nature'.

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    Ineffective and dangerous: Kenya’s refugee camp closure puts regional stability at risk

    02 December 2016.  Kenya’s decision to close the Dadaab refugee camp in May 2017 risks exacerbating security concerns and will not necessarily reduce the threat posed by al-Shabaab

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    The nuclear ban treaty and its possible ramifications

    01 November 2016.  Frustration at the slow pace of nuclear-disarmament efforts has fuelled a drive to establish a nuclear ban treaty. While the initiative could put pressure on nuclear-weapons states to move towards disarmament at a quicker pace, Paulina Izewicz argues that any attempt to decouple their perceived need to retain nuclear weapons from the broader strategic context may prove to be an exercise in futility.

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    Looking forward to the 2016 EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference

    28 October 2016.  2016 has been an important year in the non-proliferation and disarmament field. January saw the high of implementation day for the Iran deal, September the low of North Korea’s fifth nuclear test, and on 27 October UN member states voted to begin negotiations on a treaty to ban nuclear weapons entirely. These events and issues will be debated at this upcoming EU conference, introduced here by Matthew Cottee.

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    Pakistan–China: strategic partnership means business

    21 October 2016.  Despite the challenges, China is determined to give Pakistan a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform its economy and their relationship. Here, Antoine Levesques examines their efforts to broaden an ambitious strategic partnership.

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    Renewed militancy exacerbates the complex peace process in the Niger Delta

    12 October 2016.  Addressing the root causes of unrest in the Niger Delta is the only way to sustainable peace in the region

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