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Chapter Review: Russian military reform and lessons learned in Ukraine

In a chapter of the Jamestown Foundation’s upcoming book on Russia’s Armed Forces, Roger McDermott argues that the ongoing process of military reform in Russia is closely informed by the conflict in eastern Ukraine. While the Kremlin still denies its direct involvement, McDermott argues that publicly available information is sufficient to decipher the lessons that Russia’s Armed Forces have learned in Donbass.

Europe Security

Russia’s privatised military: a move away from Statism?

Benjamin Marsh considers the extent to which such an encroachment into a previously protected strategic sector is indicative of a broader shift away from statism in Russia.

Middle East/North Africa Security

50 years after the Battle of Karameh, Jordan faces new uncertainty

Fifty years ago, an armed confrontation between Israel, Jordan, and Palestinian guerrillas created a new phase of Middle East diplomacy and conflicts. What does the battle’s legacy tell us about Jordan and its place in the troubled region today?

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The firing of Rex Tillerson and the future of US diplomacy

After Rex Tillerson was abruptly fired last week, all eyes are on new appointee Mike Pompeo. Trump and Pompeo are aligned on many issues, and the Iran deal in particular is at risk under the new Secretary of State. But there is still scope for Pompeo to assert himself on North Korea and Trump’s unconventional diplomacy.

Europe Security

On Russia, Theresa May’s options are limited and ineffective at best

Theresa May’s demands for an explanation of the nerve gas incident are almost certain to be ignored by the Kremlin, but the real risks would lie in pursuing an escalation.

Middle East/North Africa Security

Israel and Iran on the path to escalation

Tensions have been simmering since an Iranian drone and an Israeli F-16 were shot down at the Syria-Israel border. More incidents and additional quarrels over the Iran Nuclear Deal could lead to more grievous confrontations between the parties involved.

Europe Security

The state of Germany’s military readiness

The German military is dramatically under equipped to meet pressing international security challenges per a recent watchdog report.

International Security

The U.N. hits another wall in Syria, but a resolution remains possible

The U.N. has continually failed to influence a political resolution in Syria. This does not mean that a political resolution is not possible, but shows that states in the ‘East’ are confident enough to challenge the Security Council’s authority and work together to bring stability.

Asia Pacific Security

An old dispute re-emerges as Russia militarises Kuril Islands

A long-standing territorial dispute continues to disrupt relations between Japan and Russia. This is negatively impacting economic cooperation between the two countries, with the potential to be detrimental for both parties.

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Interview: Prospects for investment in Syria’s reconstruction

With ISIS seemingly on the retreat, what can we expect security risks in Syria to look like in 2018? GRI asked Syria expert Rasmus Jacobsen – co-founder and head of analysis for Atlas Assistance, a Beirut-based risk management company – to weigh in.