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The Whitehall Paper series provides in-depth studies of specific developments, issues or themes in the field of national and international defence and security. Published twice a year, Whitehall Papers reflect the highest standards of original research and analysis, and are invaluable background material for policy-makers and specialists alike.

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Russia’s New Ground Forces: Capabilities, Limitations and Implications for International Security

Russia’s New Ground Forces: Capabilities, Limitations and Implications for International Security

Igor Sutyagin, Justin Bronk
July 25, 2017

This Whitehall Paper provides an in-depth analysis of Russia’s Ground Forces, including airborne and naval troops. It examines their role in Russian foreign policy, reforms to units’ equipment and operational roles, performance during combat operations against Ukraine, and current unit deployment...

China’s Eurasian Pivot: The Silk Road Economic Belt

China’s Eurasian Pivot: The Silk Road Economic Belt

Raffaello Pantucci, Sarah Lain
May 17, 2017

This Whitehall Paper is an examination of China’s relations over its western borders, looking at the interplay between China’s relations with South and Central Asia, and its relations with other great adjacent powers. Based on a two-year research project that included travel and workshops in South...

NATO and the North Atlantic: Revitalising Collective Defence

NATO and the North Atlantic: Revitalising Collective Defence

John Andreas Olsen
March 09, 2017

The book analyses the renewed importance of the North Atlantic for NATO in the face of new security challenges This Whitehall Paper explores the renewed importance of the North Atlantic Ocean to NATO’s security through the lenses of the United States, United Kingdom and Norway in particular. These...

Poaching, Wildlife Trafficking and Security in Africa: Myths and Realities

Poaching, Wildlife Trafficking and Security in Africa: Myths and Realities

Cathy Haenlein, M L R Smith
December 13, 2016

A worldwide surge in poaching and wildlife trafficking is threatening to decimate endangered species. This crisis also threatens the security of human beings in ways ignored until recently by decision-makers slow to begin to treat what is typically viewed as a ‘conservation issue’ as serious crime....

Indian Power Projection: Ambition, Arms and Influence

Indian Power Projection: Ambition, Arms and Influence

Shashank Joshi
January 15, 2016

India is growing into one of Asia’s most important military powers. Its defence budget has more than doubled in the past decade, and it imports more arms than anyone else in the world. But India is still seen as a land power focused on long, disputed and militarised borders with Pakistan and China...

Target Markets: North Korea’s Military Customers

Target Markets: North Korea’s Military Customers

Andrea Berger
January 04, 2016

A UN arms embargo has been in place against North Korea for nearly a decade, as part of a broader sanctions regime designed to deny it the goods and funds needed to fuel its nuclear weapons and ballistic-missile programmes. Yet despite these sanctions, a host of state and non-state actors continue...

Securing Sierra Leone, 1997–2013: Defence, Diplomacy and Development in Action

Securing Sierra Leone, 1997–2013: Defence, Diplomacy and Development in Action

Peter Albrecht, Paul Jackson
June 11, 2015

Between 1991 and 2002, Sierra Leone was wracked by a devastating civil war and the complete collapse of state institutions. Since then, however, the UK’s contribution to post-war reconstruction has been widely held up as an example of successful stabilisation and state-building – particularly of...

Turkey's New Foreign Policy: Davutoglu, the AKP and the Pursuit of Regional Order

Turkey's New Foreign Policy: Davutoglu, the AKP and the Pursuit of Regional Order

Aaron Stein
January 19, 2015

Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AKP), after coming to power in 2002, sought to play a larger diplomatic role in the Middle East. The AKP adopted a proactive foreign policy to create ‘strategic depth’ by expanding Turkey’s zone of influence in the region, drawing on the opportunities of...

The Defence Industrial Triptych: Government as a Customer, Sponsor and Regulator of Defence Industry

The Defence Industrial Triptych: Government as a Customer, Sponsor and Regulator of Defence Industry

Henrik Heidenkamp, John Louth, Trevor Taylor
December 31, 2013

The relationship between government and the businesses that contribute towards the defence and security of the state is a critical one; it often underscores a modern state’s foreign policy and sense of place in the world. Yet, despite its clear importance, this subject is underexplored and rarely...

Destination NATO: Defence Reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2003–13

Destination NATO: Defence Reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2003–13

Rohan Maxwell, John Andreas Olsen
July 01, 2013

Defence reform has been a major component of Bosnia’s stabilisation and nation-building. Though true for many cases of post-conflict transition, it is especially so for Bosnia, which arguably has the most complex state structure in Europe. Ten years on from the start of Bosnia’s defence-reform...

Less is Better: Nuclear Restraint at Low Numbers

Less is Better: Nuclear Restraint at Low Numbers

Malcolm Chalmers
February 04, 2013

Despite the rise of ‘new’ security threats like terrorism, cyber-war and piracy, the terrible destructive power of nuclear weapons still hangs over the world. Discussion on further strategic nuclear arms reduction has tended to be dominated by the analysis of possible trade-offs between the US and...

The Permanent Crisis: Iran’s Nuclear Trajectory

The Permanent Crisis: Iran’s Nuclear Trajectory

Shashank Joshi
December 21, 2012

The quickening pace of Iran’s nuclear activities has produced an international sense of urgency. Sanctions have intensified, while fears of an Israeli strike abound. Talks have briefly eased the tension, before failing due to fundamental differences between Iran and the West. There seem to be dim...

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