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Royal College of Defence Studies

Works: 167 works in 184 publications in 1 language and 218 library holdings
Genres: Periodicals 
Classifications: AS121, 052
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Most widely held works about Royal College of Defence Studies
Most widely held works by Royal College of Defence Studies
Seaford House papers by Royal College of Defence Studies( )

in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Includes papers on non-military matters
Seaford house papers : 1997( Book )

4 editions published between 1996 and 1998 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A contemporary review of Western/Iran relations by Paul Hamilton( )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Iran is seen negatively in the West as a rogue state and an existential threat to international peace and security. It is in this context that the rest of the world views Iran's nuclear activities with ever-increasing concern. Iran claims its nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes, but can it be trusted? Since the 1979 revolution Iran has shown itself to be fundamentally out of step with the norms and values of the international community. Iran retains a sense of grievance from its history, in which the UK has taken a prominent role-- not always an honourable one. This study reviews the current state of play on Western-Iran relations, and UK-Iran in particular, some of the important cultural considerations including religion, and also the extent to which each country is prepared to wield its power and influence in the region. Through this lens, we can then examine how the West should approach the Iran nuclear issue, and what can be done now and in the near future to improve relations with Iran and enhance prospects for peace and security. A key question remains as to whether, given the history, the UK can or indeed should play any role of influence with Iran?
Seaford house papers( Book )

2 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Antarctica : politics and resources by G. W Shroff( Book )

3 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Seaford House papers 2006 : (selected papers written by members of the course at the Royal College of Defence Studies)( Book )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Seaford House papers, 1970( Book )

1 edition published in 1971 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

China and Taiwan : subjugation, integration or coexistence? : implications for security in the Far East by Peter Laver( )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Republic of China (ROC) government and their supporters retreated to Taiwan in 1949 following the establishment of the People's Republic of China (PRC) by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) on the Chinese mainland. Thereafter, the tension between the two actors has been a potential source of conflict in east Asia. The relationship between China and Taiwan may be resolved either in terms of coexistence, peaceful unification, or subjugation of Taiwan by China. Peaceful reunification in the foreseeable future is implausible noting the strong Taiwanese national identity and democratic political institutions. A declaration of independence by the current Taiwanese Government is implausible in the near term, because it would not be supported by the USA and would provoke action by China to subjugate Taiwan. Peaceful co-existence, in the absence of such a declaration, is the most likely outcome as it seems that China has taken a "long view" with regard to Taiwan, content to focus on domestic development and regain its historic role as a global power through peaceful relations with other States
China's growing power & implications for India : will it be a cooperative/competitive or a hostile relationship? by R. K Jagga( )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The relations between India and China have been strained in the past due to border disputes, different political ideologies, outlook towards Tibet, contradicting spheres of influence and political alliances. The paper tries to analyse the disputes, dissentions and issues of convergence between the two most populous nations of the world. It does so by examining the economic and strategic ties; in 2008 China emerged as the largest trading partner of India and there is strategic cooperation on economic, environmental, and transnational security issues. The paper examines the strain in relations due to the failure to resolve border dispute despite fifteen rounds of special representative talks; and the heavily skewed trade imbalance in favour of China. The analysis brings out the issue of China's growing military and economic power that has spawned Chinese nationalism and is thus an obvious risk to the evolving bilateral dynamics that can create ripple effects with a potential risk of a conflict. The research uncovers that due to China's long term objective of becoming a super power, her stated intentions of "peaceful rise" and on the other side taking into account the strategic preparedness of India; Sino-India border confrontation seems improbable in the foreseeable future. The paper concludes that both nations are trying to work through the myriad differences and are focusing on increased economic and trade cooperation and are engaging each other on a practical mode of interdependence. Top level leadership of both nations have expressed that there is enough space for the two nations to work and it is not a zero sum game; the more than $ 60 billion trade between India and China tells an important story. The relationship is likely to be pragmatic/competitive yet cooperative
Seaford House papers 1993( Book )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Combating Islamist terrorism with smart power by Ranbir Singh( )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ten years after 9/11, the struggle against international terrorism is at a crossroads. The fight against Islamist terrorism continues to be a struggle of numerous, ever changing dimensions. This dissertation analyzes the applicability of "smart power" by countries in the fight against Islamist terrorism. To maintain a leading role in global affairs, the United States (U.S.) must move from eliciting fear and anger to inspiring optimism and hope. A nation's smart power falls into two general categories: its "hard power" is its ability to coerce with carrots and sticks while "soft power" is the ability to attract admiration. While the U.S. has traditionally wielded a mixture, since 9/11 she has systematically ignored the importance of the latter, arguing that they can't afford the niceties of compromise in the fight against Al-Qaeda and the late Hussein's Iraq. This dissertation calls for "smart power," a return to the tradition of artful blending as the best way to pursue U.S. interests to build and maintain its position in the world as the pre-eminent agent of good. Doing so is not a matter of high-minded altruism but simply necessary to combat Islamist terrorism and address the other many serious transnational global challenges. This dissertation initially attempts to establish the threat and drivers of Islamist extremism, followed by an analysis of current U.S. counter terrorism strategy, and thereafter draws a conceptual framework for optimum application of smart power. Finally it offers recommendations for a Smart Power strategy to combat Islamist terrorism. There is plenty to criticize in the U.S. administration's prosecution of the current counter-terrorism strategy wherein most achievements are fundamentally tactical in nature with few, if any, truly strategic gains. The U.S. should actively pursue a policy based on smart power, which would provide the world with a positive vision wider than the fight against terror so that U.S. and its allies have a shared aim to strive for rather than just a tactic to fight against
It may thaw, will it boil over? : the potential for conflict in the Arctic over the next 40 years by Richard Toomey( )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Arctic is a virtually uninhabited region of tundra and mostly frozen ocean, which until after the Second World War was of almost no geopolitical or economic importance to the Arctic states or the world. After 1945, during the Cold War, it became an extremely important zone separating the United States and the Soviet Union, which both states considered critical to their national security. During this period it became clear that the Arctic contains considerable natural resources, particularly oil and gas in the USA and the Soviet Union, which both began to exploit. As relations between the western Arctic states and the Soviet Union improved towards the end of the Cold War, further exploration became possible. The Arctic contains 20% of the world's known oil and gas, and it is estimated that at least an equivalent amount is present but not yet discovered. These resources are so enormous that the right to exploit them is de facto a matter of the states' national security, and of the future economic well being of their citizens. At present only a small fraction of discovered oil and gas is being produced, not least because of the formidable climatic, engineering and technical challenges involved. The national security dimension is exacerbated by two other factors: climate change and unresolved rights to exploit offshore resources
China : peaceful rise or hidden dragon? by Eunice M King( )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Over the past thirty years, China has conducted a spectacular re-emergence on the global stage. From a poor, ideologically undermined and insular state it has transformed itself into a prosperous, global superpower with significant influence. Its emergence has been predominantly peaceful so far but history has shown that the rise of new superpowers or great nations is usually accompanied by strife, conflict or war. Will China's rise continue to be peaceful or will China fulfill the predictions of many commentators by acting aggressively, changing the balance of power and destabilising the region and the globe?
China's foreign policy : harmonious world : is it a mere stratagem, or an abiding policy the world can trust? by Oscar Yam Shu Kwok( )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The 2008 Beijing Olympics was regarded by many as signifying the "coming of age" of a rising China. The spectacular opening ceremony on 8th August 2008 captivated billions of viewers around the world. But to many western observers, it was another reminder of the impending "China threat". To them, China's foreign policy of "Harmonious World" is merely an attempt to lull the world into a false sense of security. This paper seeks to answer the question of whether China's foreign policy is a mere stratagem, or an abiding policy the world can trust. It does so by following the logic that if China's foreign policy is motivated by genuine benevolent intentions, then there ought to be evidence of consistency between the policy and China's actions, national character and beliefs. By examining China's state behaviour against the popular China Threat theory, the analysis finds China's actions to have been more consistent with those of a status-quo power, rather than a revisionist power as the theory predicts. The paper goes on to examine China's foreign policy in detail in order to identify its cultural origin, and finds a definite Confucian root in the policy's core ideas of "harmonious world", "harmonious society" and "policy of benevolence". The research also uncovers a link between China's foreign policy and two particular age-old beliefs that shape China's strategic culture: the belief in "good-neighbourliness", and the regard of warfare as an inferior means for fulfilling political objectives. The paper concludes that the China Threat theory fails to substantiate a China threat, and that China's foreign policy is consistent with its actions, national character and beliefs
Seaford House Papers 1977( Book )

1 edition published in 1978 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Seaford house papers 1999( Book )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beyond the Hindu Kush : Germany's security and defence policy post Afghanistan by J McN R Henderson( )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Having completed the first combat operation in its history, the Federal Republic of Germany is undertaking its most far-reaching defence reform programme, under the innocuous title of a reorientation. Conscription, a facet of German society for most of the past 200 years will be suspended, command and control arrangements will be radically altered, and structures, equipment and doctrine will reflect the lessons learned in Afghanistan. As well as documentary sources, several interviews with German policy makers support the analysis in this paper, the main finding of which is that the journey of normalisation from pariah to paragon is long since complete, but political leadership is still required to convince a reluctant population of the responsibilities that accompany Germany's place in the World
E = mc² : will less energy equal more conflict squared for the United States and China? by Russell E Smith( )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As energy resources dwindle and the need for energy increases, one might presume a conflict is inevitable between the world's largest energy consumers, the United States and China. The two countries are however so economically and otherwise intertwined that the risks associated with such a conflict make conflict difficult and both countries are currently poised to make dramatic changes in their future energy security policies. China has stated that it is committed to peaceful solutions in resolving its energy needs and that it is willing to make adaptive changes. The United States has also signaled a major shift in its energy security policy by highlighting the need to become energy independent and investing in technologies to do so. This article highlights the possibility of these changes and predicts that the likelihood of these countries engaging in conflict over energy resources is minimal
Cyberattacks : the significance of the threat and the resulting impact on strategic security by Tim Lawrenson( )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cyberspace is now so intrinsic to a modern state's economy that it is vital to protect it as part of that state's national security. However certain features of cyberspace make it an increasingly attractive attack domain. Despite some rather hysterical press headlines, this analysis shows that cybercrime is the principal threat, rather than cyberterror or cyberwarfare; albeit the growing scale of state-sponsored cybercrime is a concern because it carries an inherent risk of escalation into cyber (or conventional) warfare. A comprehensive, layered cyber-security strategy is needed to overcome some of the more problematic attractions of cyberspace as an attack domain. This strategy must improve actual system security as well as enhancing people's confidence in the resilience of the cyber-enabled world
What are the principal challenges facing security sector reform (SSR) in Afghanistan and how important is this process in achieving security and stability within Afghanistan and the wider region? by Payenda Mohammad Nazim( )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the factors and motives that directly contributed to instability and insecurity in Afghanistan from the Soviet invasion until the present time, and how Afghanistan can overcome the current relevant challenges both in the country as well as in the wider region
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Colaiste Rìoghail Foghlaim an Dìona

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