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Addressing Current Reality, China, Diplomacy, Geopolitics, Iran, Maritime Strategy, Maritime Trade, Persian Gulf, RNSSC
5 minutes, 25 seconds

China’s Middle East Diplomacy: Navigating Peace and War in Yemen

By Gwenna Herd,
30 Jan 24

Ed. Courtesy of the Royal Navy Strategic Studies Centre: The conflict in Yemen has renewed the need for maritime security in the Persian Gulf and Red Sea, and has demonstrated both the reach of China as an emerging Middle Eastern player, but also the limits of the PRC’s diplomacy. An increasingly destabilizing Iran raises questions about where other regional and international actors will ultimately align. A 5 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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Book Reviews, Carrier Strike Group, Falklands War, Fleet Air Arm, Joint Operations, Modularity, Naval Aviation, Naval History, Persian Gulf, Surveillance, Technology
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Latest Book Review, 14 November

14 Nov 23

BRE. The latest book review is now available. It considers a book exploring the history of the development and operational service of the Royal Navy’s helicopter-based airborne early warning capability, and a look towards the future with Crowsnest and beyond.

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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
8 minutes, 0 seconds

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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