As of 2016, one area of particular thematic focus for the CCW has been the defence and security of Scandinavia, the Baltic and Eastern Europe. Thanks to the generosity of the Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation for the Public Benefit, we have been able to host Visiting Research Fellows, engaged Dr Hessérus as our Senior Researcher link to Sweden, and have recently employed Dr Andrew Monaghan, a specialist on Russia who will lead the research initiative over the next three years. Our Swedish links also extend through our relationship to the Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre (DCDC) in the UK MOD which provides the doctrinal support to Sweden.
Seminars & REPORTS
ISSUE 3: sEPTEMBER 2018
Commercial Interests Underpin Rosneft’s Foreign Expansion in Refining
Measuring Russian Economic Power
The Strategic Priorities in Russian Military Thinking
Review of Renz, B. Russia’s Military Revival. Cambridge: Polity, 2018.
issue 2: May 2018
The Durability of Russian Military Power: Moscow’s Prospects for Sustaining Direct Competition
Rosneft’s Dual Goals of Political Expediency and Profit
Playing it Safe: Continuity Through the “New” May Decrees and “New” Government
Arms Procurement in Russia: Some Challenging Issues
Review of Carleton, G. Russia: The Story of War. London: The Belknap Press of Harvard, 2017
ISSUE 1: jANUARY 2018
From Hammer to Rapier: Russian Military Transformation in Perspective
Yamal LNG affirms Russia’s Determination and Political Prowess
Russia’s Political Economy: A Slow and Uncertain Recovery
Review of Bacon, E. Inside Russian Politics. London: Biteback Publishers, 2017.
The Trump-Putin Relationship and the Implications for the Nordic-Baltic Region
Convened by the Oxford Changing Character of War Centre
Generously supported by the Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation
On 1 February 2017, the Changing Character of War Centre at the University of Oxford, in conjunction with the Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation, convened a round table discussion on the Trump-Putin Relationship and the Implications for the Nordic-Baltic Region. By bringing together government personnel, members of the armed services and academics from several countries, we were able to discuss, candidly, the trajectories of American and Russian policies and assess the likely impact on northern and eastern Europe, and on the United Kingdom. It is hoped that this will be part of a series of seminars on the theme of Nordic Baltic Defence. The report from the event is available here. Please note that the seminar was convened under the Chatham House Rule so names are not attributed to the record of the discussion and the deductions have been rendered with care, such that no individual can be identified.
Articles & Book Reviews