In this article, Daniel Fiott looks at his must reads of 2014 from academia, think tanks and more.
By Daniel Fiott, , , , , , · Published: Tuesday, 30th December 2014
The Netherlands and the CSDP
In this article for the “National Perspectives and CSDP” special focus series, Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Ton van Osch looks at Dutch perceptions towards the CSDP and the country’s role in the future development of the policy.
By Ton van Osch · Published: Tuesday, 23rd December 2014
Ask not what Italy can do for the CSDP…
In this article for the “National Perspectives and CSDP” special focus series, Giovanni Faleg looks at Italian involvement in the CSDP and its role in the future development of the policy.
By Giovanni Faleg · Published: Sunday, 21st December 2014
Weaponising information: Putin, the West and competing strategic narratives of Ukraine
In this Long Post, Alister Miskimmon and Ben O’Loughlin argue that the conflict in Ukraine has highlighted the need to understand the role of political communication in emerging crises.
By Alister Miskimmon, Ben O'Loughlin · Published: Thursday, 18th December 2014
2014: a centenary and a discovery
In this article, Sven Biscop takes a look at European strategy over 2014 and asks how Europe is facing, engaging and thinking about war.
By Sven Biscop · Published: Wednesday, 17th December 2014
Forestry, agriculture, and state assets face increased risk of arson in Chile's southern Araucanía region[*]EVENT On 1 January, a suspected Mapuche activist, locally reported to be Guido Carihuentru Millaleo, was shot and wounded by a civilian while allegedly engaged in an arson attack against agricultural vehicles in the municipality of Barros Arana, Temuco, in the southern region of Araucanía. On
Former ST Marine boss charged over corruption[*]Singaporean defence systems manufacturer ST Engineering announced on 30 December that former ST Marine president See Leong Teck had been charged over corruption allegations by the State Courts of Singapore. The charges come after it was revealed in September 2011 that the company was being
Indian defence minister admits complications in Rafale talks[*]Key Points India's defence minister Manohar Parrikar has said that negotiations with Dassault over the purchase of 126 Rafale fighters have suffered 'complications' Parrikar also suggested that India could opt for more licence-built Su-30s instead India's long-delayed procurement of 126 Dassault
Indian parliamentary panel castigates DRDO, OFB for inefficiency, delays[*]India's Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence has censured the public-sector Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB), accusing them of chronic inefficiency and delays in executing numerous programmes. In a report presented to the parliament on
Iran's Revolution Guards will remain dominant in economy even if sanctions removal facilitates foreign investment in energy[*]Key Points The statement is part of an ongoing and, unusually, public debate over the role of the IRGC and came soon after President Rowhani's anti-corruption speech, apparently directed at the IRGC. Foreign investment is likely to be prioritised in the oil and gas, mining, and industrial sectors.
Iranian insurgent groups maintain Baluch threat[*]Key Points Since the death of its founding leader in 2010, the Iranian insurgent group Jondollah has splintered. These splinter groups have experienced a resurgence and now present a more serious threat than Jondollah itself. Despite ongoing high casualties, the insurgency is likely to maintain
Israeli policies increasingly likely to trigger comprehensive European sanctions against settlements in three-year outlook[*]EVENT Between October and December 2014, Sweden recognised the State of Palestine, five other parliaments in Europe issued non-binding resolutions to that effect, and the European Parliament recognised Palestinian statehood "in principle". However, Israeli economic interests will not be
NATO rotates Baltic Air Policing Mission[*]NATO has rotated its air policing mission in the Baltic with the Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militare Italiana - AMI) assuming the lead on 2 January. For the next four months, four AMI Eurofighter Typhoons will lead the mission out of Siauliai Airbase in Lithuania. These will be supported at the
New Russian industrial policy implemented as industry receives loan guarantees[*]Russia's President Vladimir Putin signed into effect the country's new industrial policy on 31 December, designed to help define the country's industrial development plans. Key to the policy is creating new financial structures to encourage investment in research and development, the creation of
Rescinded RFI gives insight to USN's railgun plans[*]Key Points NAVSEA said it required a railgun fire-control sensor operational prototype by 2018 An operational capability - capable of defending against ballistic missile, air, and surface raids - was sought for the 2020-25 time frame Clues to the direction of travel for the US Navy's (USN's)
Settlement revives Hellenic Navy fast attack craft programme[*]The Greek government, Elefsis Shipbuilding, and BAE Systems have concluded an agreement paving the way for the recommencement of the Roussen-class fast attack craft construction programme. Agreed on 18 December 2014, the accord provides for the handover of the fifth unit, HS Ritsos , to the