British Army Considers A Future Without Tanks

Michael Clarke, professor of defence studies at King's College London, notes: "The emphasis on the heavy metal of military forces is seen as a shibboleth of old thinking in an era that is fast disappearing for everyone - except the super power." The full article by BBC Defence Correspondent Jonathan Beale can be found here.

UK and Switzerland: new bilateral security deal ahead

UK and EU police information-sharing is at a dangerous juncture. Yet a small but significant silver-lining could be the UK-Swiss security deal negotiations currently underway. Helen Ramscar The Schengen Information System (SIS) is the most widely used real-time data sharing system in Europe for security and border management, with some 79 million pieces of information …

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Vaccine Nationalism: The Ugly Face of Science and Politics. By @HelenRamscar

Now Russia, Iran and North Korea have joined the vaccine race, the stakes are higher still for all of us. The latest piece on vaccine nationalism and diplomacy by Helen Ramscar can be found here on RUSI's website. 'The race to produce the first vaccine for coronavirus is a deeply political one, and it is …

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Competition and Nationalism in Vaccine Diplomacy

by Helen Ramscar ‘Vaccine diplomacy’ is becoming nasty. Last week UK, US and Canadian intelligence agencies together pointed to Russia as almost certainly behind the ongoing cyber-attacks by APT29 (‘The Dukes’/‘Cozy Bear’) on national and international organisations striving for a Covid-19 vaccine.[1] In May, Reuters reported that Iranian-linked hackers ‘Charming Kitten’ have been cyber-attacking pharmaceutical …

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British-Swiss Chamber of Commerce webinar: Emerging from Multiple Crises – Strategies for a More Successful Britain

The British-Swiss Chamber of Commerce's latest webinar discussion, entitled Emerging from Multiple Crises: Strategies for a More Successful Britain, with British analysts and authors Michael Clarke and Helen Ramscar, was held on 15th July 2020. The webinar was moderated by international broadcaster and journalist, Hannah Vaughan Jones and can be viewed in full below. https://videopress.com/v/146G1hj6?preloadContent=metadata

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Base a Carrier in East Asia? Brave Decision Minister….

‘Brave decision Minister’. Those were the words of Sir Humphrey in Yes Minister when he wanted to put the fear of God into Jim Hacker and kybosh some hobbyhorse scheme the minister had dreamed up over the week-end. ‘Brave decision’. Does the idea of habitually basing one of Britain’s new aircraft carriers somewhere in the …

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Defence chiefs go to the Tower; Army waits for the axe. By Michael Clarke

Defence cuts are back in fashion and the Army is again in the Treasury’s sights. The Army is currently 74,000 strong. But that is the wrong number in any case. It will need to be either bigger or smaller to fit into a coherent defence strategy. Michael Clarke outlines the problem. Defence Chiefs went to …

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Britain can be picked off – even by its friends. By @MikeClarke2020s

A triple hit of weakness ‘Please believe these days will pass’, said David Hockney and other international artists as the world went into COVID-19 lockdown. Indeed, they will. But equally, when these days finally pass, they will also usher in a new political world, both at home and abroad. It will have changed a good …

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