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       Royal United Services Institute May 2011   Issue 018       
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RUSI’s experts assess the operation that led to the death of Bin Laden: what consequences will his demise have on counter-terrorism and the situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan?

The Death of Bin Laden: analysing the implications WATCH VIDEO

Concluding Chapter One to an ongoing story

Hunting Bin Laden: Easy Operation as a result of Hard Intelligence

The Pakistan Factor

Pakistan faces the music

The implications of the Karachi revenge attack

From the RUSI Journal archives: I am Osama Bin Laden - A Strategic Challenge to the West

Anatomy of a Terrorist Attack
What the Coroner's Inquests Revealed About the London Bombings
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The RUSI Journal welcomes submissions on a rolling basis. In particular, we invite unpublished papers on the legacy of 9/11 and the geopolitics of the last ten years for our August/September edition. 
The deadline is Friday 10 June 2011. More >


If the Bombs Go: European Perspectives on NATO’s Nuclear Debate
Edited by Malcolm Chalmers and Andrew Somerville

This Whitehall Report analyses the issues that could arise if US nuclear weapons were removed from Europe. The paper examines how NATO’s numerous internal and external assurance and deterrence relationships might be altered. Seven authors from the region explore potential developments of nuclear consultation, contingency plans and missile defence infrastructure required to address the security needs of NATO members.
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Exercise Agile Warrior and the future development of UK Land Forces
By Mark Phillips

This Occasional Paper examines the British Army's initiative to develop an evidence base for future decisions on the development of land forces. The paper reviews the emerging findings of the army's process of experimentation and operational analysis.
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International Security

The Arrest of Ratko Mladic in Serbia

Assessing Mladic's arrest
Dr Jonathan Eyal, Director of International Security Studies, RUSI, assesses the impact of the arrest of Ratko Mladic, the Serbian general accused of war crimes in the Balkans. What will this mean for the region and for Serbia's hopes for accession to the European Union?

Two Cheers for Mladic's arrest
Mladic's possible trial and sentencing may be only a fleeting palliative for his biggest victim: a united, multi-ethnic Bosnia.

Putting the Arctic Boom on Ice: Proceedings of RUSI Arctic Roundtable

On 12 May 2011, foreign ministers from the eight Arctic countries participated in the seventh summit of the Arctic Council, an organisation initially forged to secure agreed environmental standards for the region. Now, amid growing interest in the opportunities and challenges energy resources and sea lines of communication present, the Council must reform to meet the interests of global demand.

Transatlantic Relations

Obama's UK Speech: A Strategic Challenge for Europe?

Behind his warm and effusive speech to the great and the good in Parliament, President Obama laid out a subtle but serious challenge to Europe's leaders. Europe, and by extension the UK, will be further down America's foreign policy priorities unless Europe is willing to step up as a truly global partner.

Middle East

Libya: three scenarios and settlement

The balance of power in Libya does not permit a decisive victory for regime or rebels. A settlement must either reflect this fact, or give way to renewed fighting.

Popular Uprising in Syria: Beware of the Henchmen from Within

Syria is experiencing unremitting instability and a standoff between protestors and the regime. This is set to continue with a combination of piecemeal reforms and more violence. However, internal challenges to the regime should not be ruled out.

The Obama Middle East Speech and Israel's Reaction

For Israeli policymakers, President Obama's major Middle East speech on 19 May 2011 has been met with alarm. An American president has for the first time broken with the traditional US approach to Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.

The GCC's anti-revolutionary expansion

With its thirtieth anniversary in May, the Gulf Co-operation Council is proposing to expand by incorporating Morocco and Jordan. The unlikely inclusion is more a response and a challenge to the revolutionary impulses of the Arab Spring than it is towards regional coherence.

Why did Russia opt for liquid-fuel in its next generation ICBMs?

Russia is enhancing strategic nuclear capabilities to meet its psychological and military objective of remaining a superpower. The credibility of Russia's nuclear arsenal - and its potential equality with that of the US - remains one of the Kremlin's key political aims.

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