• AQAP vies to exploit failing state of Yemen

    As Yemen fractures after a Houthi takeover, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has continued to organise, despite casualties from United States' airstrikes and Islamic State pressure. Ezzeldeen Khalil assesses the continuing threat from AQAP in the country.
  • Kazakhstan vows to crack down on terrorism

    President Nursultan Nazarbayev has declared a fight against terrorism and extremism as more Kazakhs are turning towards the Islamic State. George Voloshin assesses Astana's preventive diplomacy policy as the country prepares for its election on 26 April.
  • China prioritises managing unrest over reforms

    The annual number of incidents of mass unrest in China has increased in the past 15 years. Samantha Hoffman discusses the methods used to tackle this issue and whether it could escalate into a broader social movement to challenge the system of government
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  • US sidelined from Tikrit offensive

    Key Points Iraq has not asked the US-led coalition to assist the operation to clear Tikrit of Islamic State militants Iranian-backed Shia militias, rather than US-trained Iraqi Army units, make up the majority of the forces involved in the operation US officials have said the Iraqi government has
  • US opens door to increased UAV sales

    Key Points A new US policy could facilitate military UAV exports to more countries The policy is the latest in a series of efforts to "modernise and reform" US export controls for the aerospace and defence industry The Obama administration on 17 February unveiled a new policy that could


  • Type 79/85 7.62 mm self-loading sniper rifles

    Development The Type 79 self-loading sniper rifle is a direct copy of the Russian SVD Dragunov. A later variant, the Type 85 appears indistinguishable from the earlier Type 79 and the former is thought to have only minor cosmetic component changes to ease production. Description Both models of

  • OFB INSAS 5.56 mm assault rifle system

    Development The Indian Small-Arms System (INSAS) rifle is one component in a planned family of weapons who would share a similar design base. The other components of the family are a light machine gun (see separate entry) and a carbine/short assault rifle. Developed since the mid-1980s under the