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Whitehall Papers


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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.

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Necessary Heresies Challenging the Narratives Distorting Contemporary UK Defence

Necessary Heresies: Challenging the Narratives Distorting Contemporary UK Defence

1st Edition

By Justin Bronk, Jack Watling
December 21, 2021

Dominant narratives about the changing character of warfare and the revolutionary effect of technological advancement lack nuance and can ultimately be detrimental to the development of a defence capability fit for future purpose....

PRC Overseas Political Activities Risk, Reaction and the Case of Australia

PRC Overseas Political Activities: Risk, Reaction and the Case of Australia

1st Edition

By Andrew Chubb
September 06, 2021

Political elites in liberal democracies are showing heightened concern about threats to national security from the overseas political activities of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and its supporters. This Whitehall Paper argues that an effective liberal democratic policy response requires ...

Decision Points Rationalising the Armed Forces of European Medium Powers

Decision Points: Rationalising the Armed Forces of European Medium Powers

1st Edition

Edited By Jack Watling
May 30, 2021

Using hard power in the context of an expanding set of threats is complex, expensive and risky. European medium powers, especially, must make tough choices on the future capabilities, roles and equipment of their armed forces, as well as their ability to act independently of alliance partners. ...

War by Others’ Means Delivering Effective Partner Force Capacity Building

War by Others’ Means: Delivering Effective Partner Force Capacity Building

1st Edition

By Jack Watling, Nick Reynolds
May 19, 2021

A new era of great power competition places a strategic premium on the efficiency with which states can pursue their aims. There is therefore likely to be an expanded scope for partnered operations. Partner force capacity building has a long history, with very mixed results, yet there is little ...

Future NATO Adapting to New Realities

Future NATO: Adapting to New Realities

1st Edition

Edited By John Andreas Olsen
June 17, 2020

Future NATO looks at the challenges facing NATO in the 21st century and examines how the Alliance can adapt to ensure its continued success For more than 70 years, the North Atlantic Alliance has helped to preserve peace and stability in the Euro-Atlantic area. It has been able to adjust to ...

The Future of NATO Airpower

The Future of NATO Airpower

1st Edition

By Justin Bronk
March 05, 2020

Airpower remains the cornerstone of NATO’s military advantage, so maintaining the ability to win air superiority over peer opponents in a conflict is key to long-term deterrence stability in both Europe and the Pacific. This Whitehall Paper examines the various modernisation and future capability ...

Making Mogadishu Safe Localisation, Policing and Sustainable Security

Making Mogadishu Safe: Localisation, Policing and Sustainable Security

1st Edition

By Alice Hills
October 31, 2018

This Whitehall Paper explores the ways in which Mogadishu’s inhabitants try to stay out of harm’s way, from security officials in the presidential compound of Villa Somalia to the city’s powerful district commissioners, from patrolling policemen to the women road-sweepers in the rubbish-filled ...

Strategic Hedging in the Arab Peninsula The Politics of the Gulf-Asian Rapprochement

Strategic Hedging in the Arab Peninsula: The Politics of the Gulf-Asian Rapprochement

1st Edition

By Jean-Loup Samaan
March 30, 2019

Strategic Hedging in the Arab Peninsula: The Politics of the Gulf-Asian Rapprochement offers a new perspective on the geopolitics of Gulf-Asian relations. Jean-Loup Samaan explores the dynamics underpinning the evolution of strategic partnerships between the Gulf States and Asian partners. He looks...

Security in Northern Europe Deterrence, Defence and Dialogue

Security in Northern Europe: Deterrence, Defence and Dialogue

1st Edition

Edited By John Andreas Olsen
November 01, 2018

NATO’s Northern members are increasingly concerned about Russia’s military activities. This Whitehall Paper contains perspectives from prominent authors across the region, showing how member states are responding, individually and collectively, to Moscow’s resurgence. Overall, it identifies the ...

The Spectre of a Westphalian Europe?

The Spectre of a Westphalian Europe?

1st Edition

By Luis Simon
July 30, 2018

This Whitehall Paper contends that Europe is undergoing a balance of power crisis set in motion by three structural developments: US retrenchment in Europe; Germany’s emerging leadership position within the EU; and Russia’s push to recreate a sphere of influence in Eastern Europe. It analyses what ...

NATO and the North Atlantic Revitalising Collective Defence

NATO and the North Atlantic: Revitalising Collective Defence

1st Edition

Edited By John Andreas Olsen
November 09, 2017

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...

China’s Eurasian Pivot The Silk Road Economic Belt

China’s Eurasian Pivot: The Silk Road Economic Belt

1st Edition

By Raffaello Pantucci, Sarah Lain
October 17, 2017

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...

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