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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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Making Mogadishu Safe: Localisation, Policing and Sustainable Security

Making Mogadishu Safe: Localisation, Policing and Sustainable Security

1st Edition

Alice Hills
October 31, 2018

This Whitehall Paper explores the ways in which Mogadishu’s inhabitants try to stay out of harm’s way, from security officials in the presidential compound of Villa Somalia to the city’s powerful district commissioners, from patrolling policemen to the women road-sweepers in the rubbish-filled...

Strategic Hedging in the Arab Peninsula: The Politics of the Gulf-Asian Rapprochement

Strategic Hedging in the Arab Peninsula: The Politics of the Gulf-Asian Rapprochement

1st Edition

Jean-Loup Samaan
October 18, 2018

Strategic Hedging in the Arab Peninsula: The Politics of the Gulf-Asian Rapprochement offers a new perspective on the geopolitics of Gulf-Asian relations. Jean-Loup Samaan explores the dynamics underpinning the evolution of strategic partnerships between the Gulf States and Asian partners. He looks...

Security in Northern Europe: Deterrence, Defence and Dialogue

Security in Northern Europe: Deterrence, Defence and Dialogue

1st Edition

John Andreas Olsen
September 07, 2018

NATO’s Northern members are increasingly concerned about Russia’s military activities. This Whitehall Paper contains perspectives from prominent authors across the region, showing how member states are responding, individually and collectively, to Moscow’s resurgence. Overall, it identifies the...

The Spectre of a Westphalian Europe?

The Spectre of a Westphalian Europe?

1st Edition

Luis Simon
March 16, 2018

This Whitehall Paper contends that Europe is undergoing a balance of power crisis set in motion by three structural developments: US retrenchment in Europe; Germany’s emerging leadership position within the EU; and Russia’s push to recreate a sphere of influence in Eastern Europe. It analyses what...

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

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

1st Edition

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

1st Edition

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

1st Edition

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

1st Edition

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

1st Edition

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

1st Edition

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

1st Edition

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

1st Edition

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...

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