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Author Archives: Rowan Allport

Dr Rowan Allport is a Senior Fellow who leads the HSC's Security and Defence team. Rowan holds a PhD in Political Science and an MA in Conflict, Governance and Development from the University of York, as well as a BA (Hons) in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Hull. Specialising in strategic analysis and international security, Rowan's primary areas of interest lie in the defence issues in and around the NATO region, interstate conflict and US foreign policy discourse. He is also the lead author of HSC's recent The Two Per Cent Solution: an Alternative Strategic Defence and Security Review report.

Fire and Ice: The Defence of Norway and NATO’s Northern Flank

Following an extended period in which Norway could focus its military efforts in the Middle East and Asia, Oslo is now having to face threats closer to home. NATO also has a major role in the defence of Norway and the surrounding region, but serious questions remain over the progress it has made in meeting the challenges on its northern flank.

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The Taiwan Problem

There is little prospect of soldiers of the People’s Liberation Army splashing ashore along the Taiwanese coast in the immediate future. But the perceived need in Beijing to reclaim the island as part of China’s return to great power status means that the risk of conflict is likely to grow in the years ahead.

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