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American military power: Unrivalled, for now

UK Only Article: standard article Issue: What would America fight for? Fly Title: American military power Rubric: No other country comes close to America’s hard power, but its lead is slipping DESPITE falling spending,...

Nuclear Near Misses: Too Close for Comfort

29 April 2014 Photo: Kolbjorn Blix Dahle, Andoya Rocket Range The fact that nuclear weapons have not been used in violent conflict since 1945 is not solely due to deterrence, but also owes much...

Too Close for Comfort: Cases of Near Nuclear Use and Options for Policy

Chatham House Report Project: International Security Department28 April 2014 Patricia Lewis Research Director, International Security Heather Williams Research Fellow, International Security Sasan Aghlani Research Assistant, International Security Photo by Kolbjorn Blix Dahle, Head of...

Global Commission on Internet Governance

The Global Commission on Internet Governance is a two-year initiative that will articulate and advance a strategic vision for the future of internet governance. Chaired by Sweden’s Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, the commission will...

Biomaterial Security

In recent years there has been increased recognition of the differences in standards of biomaterial security in different areas of the world. A number of international biological threat reduction programmes and health organisations such...

Cyber and Space Security

Over several years there has been substantial interest in the issues of cyber security and space security but far too little attention has been paid to the combination of the two security problems. And...

Counter-Terrorism

Research focuses on an evidence-based, measured and multidisciplinary approach to terrorism and counter-terrorism. Themes of research include the proportionality of policy responses to the terrorist threat, the relative importance of terrorism among other strategic...

Drugs and Organized Crime

This project seeks to explore alternative options to the drug and organized crime policy challenge and provide a distinctive contribution to the debate. Through the establishment of a broad and varied network of senior...

UK Security and Defence

This project is designed to inform the national defence and security debate and assess how policy could be made more effective. A major report was published ahead of the government’s Strategic Defence and Security...

Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons

Our projects on nuclear security issues focus on assessing the institutional strength of the nuclear non-proliferation regime and global commitment to disarmament. This project aims to challenge the way in which the nuclear weapons...

Weapons of Mass Destruction Free Zone in the Middle East

A Weapons of Mass Destruction Free Zone (WMDFZ) in the Middle East would address one of the most important factors in establishing stability and security in the region. Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) –...

Franco-British Defence Cooperation

This project focuses on the political and strategic aspects of the bilateral relationship: To what extent can cultural, political and strategic differences between London and Paris be reconciled or circumvented, and how? How can...

European Security and Defence Forum

The European Security and Defence Forum (ESDF) was established to analyse the shifts and developments in national and European security and defence policies and to promote a better understanding of Europe’s wider strategic relationship...

Donald Rumsfeld’s taxes: Known unknown

AMERICANS filed their income taxes yesterday, swearing that “under penalties of perjury…to the best of my knowledge and belief, they are true, correct, and complete.”Former defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld has admitted that his return...

Daily chart: Arms and the man

The countries spending the most on their militaryTHE world is getting more weapons, but not necessarily more safe. Military spending increased last year in every region except the West. Strikingly, Russia spent more than...

Military uniforms: Out of sight

UK Only Article: standard article Issue: Leviathan of last resort Fly Title: Military uniforms Rubric: Expense and stupidity too big to camouflage Location: WASHINGTON, DC Main image: …read more

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