• Signs detected of possible North Korean preparations for nuclear test

    Analysis of commercial satellite imagery of North Korea's Punggye-ri nuclear test facility suggests that Pyongyang may be preparing to carry out the country's sixth overall nuclear test. Taken on 24 March the images indicate the presence of possibly four or five vehicles or trailers at the entrance

  • UNSC condemns North Korean missile launch, engine test

    The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has condemned North Korea's most recent missile launch and rocket engine test. "The launch and engine test are in grave violation of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's [North Korea's official name] international obligations under United

  • China to boycott UN summit on nuclear-weapon ban

    China has said that it will not participate in a UN conference aimed at negotiating a ban on nuclear weapons. "After careful consideration, China has decided not to participate in the new round of negotiations," said Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) spokesperson Hua Chunying on

  • US nuclear review to provide options for Russia's INF Treaty compliance

    Key Points The US NPR will seek 'leverage points' with Russia US officials have accused Russia of violating the 1987 INF Treaty The Pentagon's ongoing Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) will consider how to address Russia's reported violation of deal barring intermediate-range weapons, among wider US

  • North Korea fires four ballistic missiles into Sea of Japan

    North Korea launched four ballistic missiles on 6 March that landed within or close to Japan's exclusive economic zone in what appears to be a reaction to joint US-South Korean military drills on the Korean Peninsula. The yet unidentified missiles were fired almost simultaneously around 0734 h


  • North Korea ups pace of ballistic missile launches

    North Korea has conducted more ballistic missile launches since 2011 than it did in the previous two decades under Kim Jong-il. Nick Hansen surveys the country's ballistic missile programme and analyses the possible motivations for its acceleration
  • Hypersonics disrupt global strategic stability

    Hypersonic technology offers the potential to strike any point on Earth within an hour. Heather Williams examines the impact of current programmes on the strategic balance between the major nuclear powers and the prospect for arms control agreements
  • Geopolitical order set to be tested in 2017

    Global security is likely to worsen in 2017 as disruptive long-term trends converge in a challenge to the post-Cold War geopolitical order. IHS Jane's identifies the trends and events to watch as liberal democracy gives way to increasingly securitised policies.
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  • 24 MarSyrian Democratic Forces dropped behind IS lines

    The US-led coalition air-dropped Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) behind enemy lines as part of a wider effort to take the Al-Taqbah dam on the night of 21-22 March. The capture of the dam will enable the SDF to cross the Euphrates and begin isolating Al-Raqqah city, the Islamic State's 'capital',
  • Royal Navy retires Lynx HMA8 helo

    The UK Royal Navy (RN) has retired the Westland Lynx HMA8 maritime helicopter after more than 20 years of operations, the service announced on 24 March. The latest variant of the baseline Lynx that entered service in the mid-1970s, the HMA8 was first introduced into the Royal Navy in 1994. As