David Hobbs

Spot the difference: Funding for NATO and Funding for Defence

Germany’s direct contribution to NATO now equals that of the United States. What does that mean and is there a lesson there for the UK? Starting this year, Germany and the United States are both contributing the same amount to NATO’s budget. Yet, while the United States already exceeds NATO’s defence spending target, Germany won’t …

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Conflict in the Grey Zone – Nothing New Under the Sun (Tzu)

The information revolution and the rise of social media make open societies particularly vulnerable to disinformation campaigns. This “explainer” looks at this all-pervasive aspect of conflict in the “grey zone”.  “The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting” – Sun Tzu, c. 544 BC to 496 BC At the end of …

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What’s it all about? Defining and Defending the United Kingdom’s Place in the World

The government will soon publish its “Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development, and Foreign Policy”. This “explainer” looks at what the Integrated Review is about. The House of Commons Library has produced this excellent guide to previous British defence reviews. The international security environment doesn’t stand still, so no-one can be sure what challenges will …

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