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The Naval Review, Armed Forces, Budgets and Finance, Civil-Military Relations, Diplomacy, Doctrine, Education, Equipment Capability, Europe, General, Geopolitics, Hybrid Warfare, Indo-Pacific, Logistics, Maritime Strategy, Maritime Trade, Middle East, Service Culture, Strategy, Trade Interdiction and Protection, Ukraine
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Editorial: Naval Review 112/1

By Mike Beardall,
10 Feb 24

Ed. To everyone who contributed to the Naval Review over the last 12 months, from our regulars to our first time authors and correspondents, our band of dedicated book reviewers and contributors on the Forum, along with those who have taken the trouble to pass feedback, both good and bad, along to those who help me deliver the Naval Review, especially the Trustees, Secretary Treasurer in particular, and the Editorial team, may I offer a heartfelt thank you and wish all our readership a Happy and prosperous New Year.

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Addressing Current Reality, Afghanistan, Civil-Military Relations, Command & Control, Communications, First World War, General, Geopolitics, Global War on Terrorism, Israel, Language, Leadership, Middle East, Military History, Operational Art, Strategy
7 minutes, 34 seconds

The language of war

By Lt Gen Robert Fry,
05 Feb 24

Ed. General Rob Fry grapples with the difficulty of defining realistic military objectives when crafting strategy, given the propensity for the leadership of pluralistic democracies to lean on hyperbole and unlimited outcomes. Originally published in The Article. A 10 minute read.

 

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Addressing Current Reality, Budgets and Finance, China, Conflict Resolution, Defence Industry, Deterrence, Diplomacy, Geopolitics, Leadership, Middle East, National Security, NATO, Political Theory, Risk Management, Russia, Strategy, The Naval Review, Ukraine
31 minutes, 21 seconds

The Russo-Ukrainian War and the end of the West’s global hegemony

By Cdre Steve Jermy RN (rtd),
23 Jan 24

Ed. The author continues his contentious analysis of the Russia-Ukraine War [110/4, p. 482], with particular attention to the perceived failure of British grand strategy vis-à-vis the geopolitical consequences of Russia’s energy superpower status. A 30 minute read.

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Book Reviews, Geopolitics, Iran, Iraq, Middle East, Naval History, Persian Gulf
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Latest Book Review, 2 January 2024

02 Jan 24

BRE. The latest book review is now available. It considers a short book from Helion exploring the opening phase of the Iran-Iraq War at sea. Given current events in the Middle East, this book may also be valuable background reading.

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Age of Sail, Book Reviews, China, Indo-Pacific, Middle East, Military History, Naval History, Sea Power
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Latest Book Review, 12 December

12 Dec 23

BRE. The latest book review is now available. It considers a book exploring the premodern history of great power conflicts along the maritime silk road, stretching from the Mediterranean to the shores of Japan, in order to help inform understanding of the current geopolitical environment in the Indo-Pacific.

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Israel, Conflict Resolution, Education, Middle East, People, Religion, Shaping The Future
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After Gaza

By Lt Cdr David G Kibble RNR,
24 Nov 23

Ed. The author argues that the recent events in Gaza have seriously delayed the peace process and any chance for long-term peace will necessarily require communication, amongst the younger generation in particular. Members of faith communities will have a part to play in de-escalating tensions while politicians will need to attend to a multifaceted and historic series of issues, not least of which is bridging the educational divide between Palestinian and Israeli youth. A 15 minute read.

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China, Diplomacy, Europe, First World War, General, Geopolitics, Hybrid Warfare, Indo-Pacific, Iran, Middle East, Military History, National Defence, Operational Art, Persian Gulf, Russia, Shaping The Future, Strategy, Ukraine
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Hannibal’s legacy: always find the flank

By Lt Gen Robert Fry,
12 Oct 23

Ed. The author considers the grand strategic temptation of seeking a flank to break the current, Huntingesque, East-West standoff. Engaging additional allies, or enemies, and perpetuating old conflicts worldwide has dangerous implications for the future of global stability. Originally published in The Article. A 10 minute read.

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Geopolitics, Addressing Current Reality, China, Defence Engagement, Defence Reviews, Deterrence, Diplomacy, Global War on Terrorism, Iran, Iraq, Middle East, National Defence, Persian Gulf, Strategy
22 minutes, 31 seconds

The Rebalance of Power in an Increasingly Competitive Persian Gulf and the Implications for UK Defence

By LT COL SAM HUGHES RM,
25 Jul 23

Ed. The author argues that, in light of China and Russia’s rising regional influence, the UK needs to review its strategy in the Middle East. The Persian Gulf is sliding down Defence’s priorities, yet there remains a large military commitment, which, the author argues, does not represent a positive balance of investment. Should the MoD consider moving its maritime and air assets out of the Gulf? A 25 minute read.

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