December 4, 2017
Securing British Interests in the Gulf Crisis
The decision by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt to impose a boycott on Qatar this summer was an out-of-character development for the Gulf, where all too much politics is conducted behind closed doors between the ruling ...
November 30, 2017
‘Just living’ with a nuclear armed North Korea shouldn’t be an option
The story that came from a diplomatic backchannel between the US and North Korea during the early months of the Trump administration was telling. A group of American experts travelled to Stockholm to meet a group of North Korean officials ...
November 30, 2017
Brexit Britain can chart a new global destiny by spending more on defence
After the short and brutal Prussian war against France in 1870 which consolidated the Hohenzollern dynasty’s German empire, the British Conservative statesman Benjamin Disraeli warned: “The balance of power has been entirely destroyed, and the country which suffers more and feels ...
November 28, 2017
Against the backdrop of Brexit, the time has come to increase the UK defence budget
Brexit has prompted an urgent and necessary debate on the future British relationship with the European mainland. It has recently brought to mind the observations made by William Gladstone following the Prussian defeat of France in the late 19th century, ...
November 28, 2017
Spending 2 per cent on defence is not enough
As the government undertakes a reappraisal of the 2015 national defence and security review, the Ministry of Defence is said to be facing another budgetary crisis. Insofar as further efficiency savings are unlikely, there are two options: cutting military capabilities ...
November 23, 2017
In an Era of Brexit and Chinese Power, is it time for a New UK–India ‘special relationship’?
By Dr. John Hemmings and Jack Wright
As the UK looks to define a new global role for itself after Brexit, it should embrace India as a partner in upholding the rules-based, liberal international order.
At the launch of the Access India ...
November 16, 2017
For years Britain was soft on Russia and its money – finally we are standing up to Moscow
There are some politicians in Europe who still believe that the West should engage with Russia. They argue that Russia’s interests can be accommodated; that the greater danger is of over-reacting to Russia’s behaviour, not appeasing it; and that the ...
November 9, 2017
A reborn quadrilateral to deter China
Recent news that Australia’s Foreign Minister has indicated interest in taking part in a resurrected US-Australia-Japan-India quadrilateral dialogue on the sidelines of the upcoming ASEAN Summit is to be welcomed. It is an indication how much the strategic situation in the ...
November 8, 2017
China’s dominance is growing for now – but in the long run, it’s a paper tiger
Donald Trump’s trade policy is making America’s allies vulnerable to Chinese pressure, but this doesn’t signal the end of American dominance
As Donald Trump continues his long tour around Asia, the question is whether the President will be able to articulate ...
November 3, 2017
Terrorism & Security
How does Central Asia contribute to ISIS recruitment?
The New York truck attack that took place this week and left eight dead is another grim reminder of the danger Islamist terrorism poses for the Western countries. The 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov, a ‘green card’ holder from Uzbekistan, has been ...