India: Jostling for geopolitical control in Afghanistan

  • Author: Shazad Ali
  • Published: 27 March 2014

In this article co-published with openDemocracy, Open Briefing contributing analyst Shazad Ali argues that the international community has somewhat ignored India’s role in Afghanistan’s future, which, in fact, will be pivotal as US forces drawdown in the country by the end of the year. Read more

How Israel should approach Iran’s nuclear programme

  • Author: Kevjn Lim
  • Published: 20 March 2014

In this article for the Jerusalem Post, Open Briefing Middle East analyst Kevjn Lim proposes a controversial three-part strategy to strengthen Israel’s ‘Iron Wall’ by bringing a nuclear-threshold Iran under firm international constraints, restoring Israel’s conventional deterrence, and closing the gap with Israel’s closest allies. Read more

The weekly briefing, 28 October 2013

  • Source: Open Briefing
  • Filed: 28 October 2013

Political and security risk updates from the Open Briefing intelligence desks. Includes the German and French plans to renegotiate intelligence cooperation with the United States and the NGO reports that have renewed concerns over US drone strike programmes in Pakistan and Yemen. Read more

US drone strikes in Pakistan: Ineffective and illegitimate

  • Author: Shazad Ali and Chris Abbott
  • Published: 24 October 2013

In this article co-published with SustainableSecurity.org, Shazad Ali and Chris Abbott argue that lack of transparency, dubious effectiveness, civilian casualties and negative consequences for US national security means that Washington needs to re-evaluate its drone strikes programme in Pakistan. Read more

The weekly briefing, 14 October 2013

  • Source: Open Briefing
  • Filed: 14 October 2013

The first weekly political and security risk briefing from Open Briefing covers, among other things, the threat to political stability in Somalia from federal natural resource management and the suspension of US military aid to Egypt. Read more

Remote control war: Unmanned combat air vehicles in China, India, Iran, Israel, Russia and Turkey

  • Author: Rob O'Gorman and Chris Abbott
  • Published: 20 September 2013

Open Briefing has identified at least 200 different UAVs in use or in development by China, India, Iran, Israel, Russia and Turkey, with 29 of these being armed drones. The study also assesses the likely future use of armed drones by each country. Read more

Scenario: Drones employed by humanitarian-activist organisations across hostile borders

  • Source: Wikistrat
  • Filed: 6 August 2013

Where humanitarian, human rights and other activist organisations cannot safely operate or are heavily restricted from operating in a distressed country, it is possible that drones could be deployed to deliver humanitarian and other necessary supplies to communities, organisations, and local activists. Read more

Risk updates, 22 July 2013: Bangladesh, China, Japan…

  • Source: AKE
  • Filed: 23 July 2013

Risk updates and forecasts. Includes the explosion at Beijing International Airport and the Liberal Democratic Party-New Komeito coalition victory in Japan giving Prime Minister Abe more room for his economic reform plans and possible revision of Japan’s pacifist constitution. Read more

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