IHS Jane's Intelligence Review

  • The rising influence of Russian special forces

    Key Points Russian Spetsnaz special forces have played an active part in the intervention in Crimea and the rebellion in eastern Ukraine, demonstrating a role for elite forces able to operate independently and on their own initiative. Spetsnaz professionalism varies considerably between units,

  • Expatriates in Niger face heightened risk of kidnap as Islamists step up anti-French campaign

    EVENT On 19 November, an unconfirmed number of militants in trucks and on motorcycles attacked Bani-Bangou, in Tillabéri province, around 250 km north of Nigerien capital Niamey. The attackers destroyed one army vehicle and stole one gendarmerie vehicle as well as munitions. One soldier was

  • Country Risk Watch - December 2014

    Colombian rebels may stage joint operations for concessions in talks Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos told the European Parliament on 4 November that his government was holding peace negotiations with the Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN), Colombia's second largest insurgent

  • Ugandan president reasserts political control

    Key Points With former prime minister Amama Mbabazi now sidelined from the ruling National Resistance Movement, President Yoweri Museveni is likely to go into the party's 2015 delegates' conference as its sole candidate to contest the presidency in 2016. Museveni maintains close control over the

  • How the Southern Gas Corridor will affect Europe

    Key Points The Southern Gas Corridor (SGC) will not enable the European Union to substantially reduce its dependence on Russian gas if the SGC is limited to Azerbaijan's gas resources, but the project will bring important financial and political benefits for Baku. The SGC project is one of

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  • Looming unrest - Kosovo faces continued instability

    Political deadlock, coupled with economic uncertainties and poor infrastructure, have amplified public distrust in the Kosovan government. Dijedon Imeri analyses the deepening civil discontent and its ramifications for the country's stability.
  • The Islamic State's European Fighters

    Nearly 4,000 foreign fighters from European countries have travelled to Syria during the past two years, joining groups such as the Islamic State, raising concerns among Western governments that the organisation could use such individuals to attack targets in their home countries, according to analysis from IHS Aerospace, Defence & Security.
  • Boko Haram's control grows in run-up to election

    As Nigeria's general election approaches, Boko Haram's expansion in the northeast shows how ill-prepared the country's security forces remain. Atta Barkindo examines three security scenarios that could emerge and their potential impact on the 2015 poll.
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  • Pentagon finalises F-35 LRIP 8 contract

    Key Points The Pentagon has finalised a deal with Lockheed Martin for 43 F-35 airframes: 29 for the United States and 14 for international sales The unit price of each of the three variants has come down steadily The US Department of Defense (DoD) and Lockheed Martin finalised the eighth F-35
  • Laser weapon breaks cover on USS Ponce

    Key Points The LaWS prototype is being deployed on USS Ponce to demonstrate a SSL-QRC The results of the demonstration will inform a follow-on SSL-TM programme The US Navy (USN) has released the first high-quality images showing a Laser Weapon System (LaWS) demonstrator installed on board the
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