Whitehall Papers

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.

  • China’s Eurasian Pivot: The Silk Road Economic Belt book cover

    China’s Eurasian Pivot

    The Silk Road Economic Belt

    By Raffaello Pantucci, Sarah Lain

    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…

    Paperback – 2017-03-16
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  • NATO and the North Atlantic: Revitalising Collective Defence book cover

    NATO and the North Atlantic

    Revitalising Collective Defence

    Edited by John Andreas Olsen

    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…

    Paperback – 2017-03-09
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  • Poaching, Wildlife Trafficking and Security in Africa: Myths and Realities book cover

    Poaching, Wildlife Trafficking and Security in Africa

    Myths and Realities

    Edited by Cathy Haenlein, M L R Smith

    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.…

    Paperback – 2016-12-13
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  • Indian Power Projection: Ambition, Arms and Influence book cover

    Indian Power Projection

    Ambition, Arms and Influence

    By Shashank Joshi

    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…

    Paperback – 2016-01-15
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  • Target Markets: North Korea’s Military Customers book cover

    Target Markets

    North Korea’s Military Customers

    By Andrea Berger

    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…

    Paperback – 2016-01-04
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  • Securing Sierra Leone, 1997–2013: Defence, Diplomacy and Development in Action book cover

    Securing Sierra Leone, 1997–2013

    Defence, Diplomacy and Development in Action

    By Peter Albrecht, Paul Jackson

    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…

    Paperback – 2015-06-11
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  • Turkey's New Foreign Policy: Davutoglu, the AKP and the Pursuit of Regional Order book cover

    Turkey's New Foreign Policy

    Davutoglu, the AKP and the Pursuit of Regional Order

    By Aaron Stein

    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…

    Paperback – 2015-01-19
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  • The Defence Industrial Triptych: Government as a Customer, Sponsor and Regulator of Defence Industry book cover

    The Defence Industrial Triptych

    Government as a Customer, Sponsor and Regulator of Defence Industry

    By Henrik Heidenkamp, John Louth, Trevor Taylor

    The relationship between government and the businesses that contribute towards the defence and security of the state is a critical one; it often underscores a modern state’s foreign policy and sense of place in the world. Yet, despite its clear importance, this subject is underexplored and rarely…

    Paperback – 2013-12-31
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  • Destination NATO: Defence Reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2003–13 book cover

    Destination NATO

    Defence Reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2003–13

    By Rohan Maxwell, John Andreas Olsen

    Defence reform has been a major component of Bosnia’s stabilisation and nation-building. Though true for many cases of post-conflict transition, it is especially so for Bosnia, which arguably has the most complex state structure in Europe. Ten years on from the start of Bosnia’s defence-reform…

    Paperback – 2013-07-01
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  • Less is Better: Nuclear Restraint at Low Numbers book cover

    Less is Better

    Nuclear Restraint at Low Numbers

    By Malcolm Chalmers

    Despite the rise of ‘new’ security threats like terrorism, cyber-war and piracy, the terrible destructive power of nuclear weapons still hangs over the world. Discussion on further strategic nuclear arms reduction has tended to be dominated by the analysis of possible trade-offs between the US and…

    Paperback – 2013-02-04
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  • The Permanent Crisis: Iran’s Nuclear Trajectory book cover

    The Permanent Crisis

    Iran’s Nuclear Trajectory

    By Shashank Joshi

    The quickening pace of Iran’s nuclear activities has produced an international sense of urgency. Sanctions have intensified, while fears of an Israeli strike abound. Talks have briefly eased the tension, before failing due to fundamental differences between Iran and the West. There seem to be dim…

    Paperback – 2012-12-21
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  • The Global Partnership Against WMD: Success and Shortcomings of G8 Threat Reduction since 9/11 book cover

    The Global Partnership Against WMD

    Success and Shortcomings of G8 Threat Reduction since 9/11

    By Alan Heyes, Wyn Q. Bowen, Hugh Chalmers

    The 9/11 terrorist attacks prompted a new urgency in efforts to deal with chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear proliferati on. The potential acquisition and use by terrorist groups of such weaponry was suddenly a much increased threat. The G8 Global Partnership against the Spread of…

    Paperback – 2012-09-27
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  • The Afghan Papers: Committing Britain to War in Helmand, 2005–06 book cover

    The Afghan Papers

    Committing Britain to War in Helmand, 2005–06

    By Michael Clarke

    In 2006, British forces entered the Helmand Province of Afghanistan in what would become one of the defining military campaigns of the decade. At great cost in blood and treasure, the UK waged a protracted counter-insurgency against a resurgent Taliban. But how was the decision taken to commit…

    Paperback – 2012-06-22
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  • Environmental Security in the Arctic Ocean: Promoting Co-operation and Preventing Conflict book cover

    Environmental Security in the Arctic Ocean

    Promoting Co-operation and Preventing Conflict

    By Paul Arthur Berkman

    The North Pole is being transformed from a sea-ice cap to a seasonally ice-free sea within the next few decades. This fundamental shift in the boundary conditions of the Arctic Ocean will create a new natural system with different dynamics than anything previously experienced by humans in the…

    Paperback – 2012-02-01
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