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The National Resilience Index 2020 is a study measuring how capable each of the D-10 club of democracies is in facing crises like pandemics or terrorist attacks.

Introducing it, the co-authors said :

"The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us that the UK must do more to build up its national resilience. In the post-Brexit world, the UK needs to work on boosting public trust in central government, creating high-quality domestic supply chains for critical medical supplies, and improving social systems which help to protect the most vulnerable. " - Dr Rakib Ehsan Research Fellow, Centre on Radicalisation and Terrorism

"Public health events have the capacity to cause disruption similar in scale to that of terror or hostile state activity. It is important that government systems recognise this in their outlook." - Nikita Malik Director, Centre on Radicalisation and Terrorism

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Edoardo del PrincipeIMG E6202Reviewed by Edoardo Del Principe, Research Assistant 2020, U K Defence Forum

European documents between agenda-setting and real strategy

The European Commission recently set out a new EU Security Union Strategy (ESUS) for the 2020-2025 period. The document updates the previous security agenda of 2015-2020 , reprising cardinal points and adding depth to the European strategy. It is not the first time the word "strategy" appears in a European document; perhaps the most famous was in the European Global Strategy.

Such material can sound maybe generalist or vague, but this is an inner weakness of every "grand-agenda," which cannot cover every aspect in depth. It could be inappropriate to use the word "strategy": such documents usually set policy guidelines for future politics. However, in this case the ESUS has a little bit more of a strategic flavour.

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To mark the 20th anniversay of the Russian Navy's loss of the Kursk submarine in August 2000, we reprint our review from 2009 of the play "Kursk" which was performed at the Young Vic Theatre

Kursk - more than a theatrical experience . Reviewed by Elayne Jude,

How are we to apprehend the last hours of the 118 souls lost aboard the submarine Kursk in August 2000?

Perhaps by steeping ourselves in the reconstructed daily lives of the crew of an (almost imaginary) British Trafalgar class submarine, on covert patrol in the Barents Sea at the same time.

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