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A listing of all Defence Academy Publications (with RSS feed).
RCDS Handbook
Defence Academy Yearbook 2013
A selection of commended essays researched and written by Defence Academy students during the 2012-13 academic year.
Power: In Search of a Viable National Strategy for the United States in the 21st Century
This is a study of dynamics of power in international relations, with a particular focus on the American perspective. The precept is that power, as a means to an end, could be used wisely or unwisely, even by the strongest of nations. The paper looks deeper into what the concept of power really means and how it can be applied in national strategy. By Colonel Lance McDaniel
In a world of transnational terrorism,can we allow states to fail?
This paper examines the correlation of state failure with transnational terrorism and whether the international community can afford to allow state failure and argues that the correlation between state failure and transnational terrorism is not linear. By Brigadier General Mohammad Kabir
Continuity and Realism?: Ethiopia’s Regional Policy Under Meles Zenawi, 1991-2012
This paper considers Ethiopia’s regional policies under the leadership of Meles, focussing on Somalia and the Sudans, and using Realism as a theoretical framework. At first glance, Realism resonates in the Horn of Africa: it is a region in which states are literally competing for survival as viable entities. By Ms Susi L Bessant
Cyber Attack - Is the threat to National Security 'Real' or 'Hyped Hysteria'?
This paper seeks to argue that cyber attacks are indeed a serious threat to national security and can be used independent of conventional military power to compel the enemy to do our will. While conceding that there is no conclusive empirical evidence in the public domain of a country successfully imposing its will on an adversary through a cyber attack, the paper argues that cyber attacks are indeed instruments of coercion that, by virtue of the damage they can do, could well be used to achieve limited political objectives. By Commodore Vishwanathan Ganapathi
Arabian Gulf Strategic Integration: What Strategy will assist Multi-Dimensional Integration for the Gulf Co-operation Council?
This paper seeks to develop a strategy of Multi-Dimensional Integration for the GCC states. It attempts to identify and unravel a number of overlapping and interlocking factors that can assist the GCC in its quest for regional integration and to rebalance and secure a sensitive and important region. By Brigadier General Essa J. Alqahtani
Combating Emerging Security Challenges in West Africa: The Air Power Perspective
This dissertation analyses how airpower in the regional security concept can be used to combat non-state actors in asymmetric warfare in West Africa. It is argued that there is an urgent need to refocus and reorient the air forces in West Africa to enable them to play a meaningful role in tackling the current security challenges in West Africa. By Group Captain Felix Asante
The Discovery of Oil in Uganda: A Strategic Resource with Opportunity for Development or a Threat to Stability?
This dissertation examines the opportunities and challenges associated with the discovery of oil in Uganda. It also looks at the key issues that impact on the exploitation and development of this strategic resource, including governance, border issues with the DRC, management of the resource and consideration of a possible oil development model appropriate to Uganda. By Colonel Herbert Mbonye
Pacific Island Micro-States, Securing Sovereignty and Prosperity in the Twenty-First Century: Does Free Association offer Pacific Island Micro-States and attractive means to maintain sovereignty and thrive economically in the International System?
This analysis considers the utility of ‘free association’ as an alternative means for Pacific Island micro-states to secure sovereignty and economic prosperity. Using case study analysis of fully sovereign Pacific island states and similar freely associated states, the paper identifies the salient characteristics of each political arrangement. By Colonel John Petkosek
The Mission-Protection Paradox
(By Group Captain PTG Lester MA RAF) The purpose of this dissertation is to demonstrate, under certain conditions, intervening powers’ propensity for becoming overly fixated on the protection of their own forces at the cost of mission success.
SA Reflective Sheridan Kearnan
SA Reflective Louise Stanton
SA Reflective Rob Jeulink
SA Reflective Dave Waddington
SA Reflective Jeremy Stocker
Implications of a Nuclear Iran
What are the longer-term implications for the Arab Gulf States of a nuclear-capable Iran? What strategy should they adopt to mitigate the threat they perceive? By Jeremy Stocker (Lead), Rujito Asmoro & Mohan YVK
"One China"
“One China”. What should the People’s Republic of China’s strategy be in pursuit of its goal of reunification with Taiwan (the Republic of China)? By Nir Nin-Nun (Lead), Salim Alrahbi, Jorge Ivan Monsalve & Richard Nixon-Eckersall
On Zanzibari Separatism
Assess the Strength and Trend of Separatism in Zanzibar. Devise a National Strategy for the Government to Maintain Peaceful Relations and the Unity of the State. By John Macdonald (Lead), Susi Bessant & Masashi Kondo
On Energy Security for Baltic States
Is energy security a strategic concern for economic development of the Baltic States and Poland? What energy security strategy(s) could be adopted? By Essa Alqahtani (Lead), Iain Lunan & Ali Abbas