Research Reports

The Azure Forum Research Reports

The Azure Forum Research Reports provide timely insights on national and international peace, security and defence subjects written by our own analysts. Authors’ views are their own and do not represent the official position of The Azure Forum. The Azure Forum Research Reports are published throughout the year, from the beginning of February to the end of November.

Latest Reports

Exploring Serious and Organised Crime across Ireland and the UK: Towards a Shared Understanding of a Shared Threat | Alexander Chance | 30 March 2022

Policy Report

The Azure Forum for Contemporary Security Strategy, with the support of the British Embassy Dublin, has published a new report on Serious and Organised Crime across Ireland and the UK. “Exploring Serious and Organised Crime across Ireland and the UK: Towards a Shared Understanding of a Shared Threat” provides a strategic-level, qualitative assessment Read more…

Taking Stock of Ireland’s Defence Industry | Neil Dee | 11 February 2022 

Policy Report

The Azure Forum for Contemporary Security Strategy was commissioned by the Irish Defence and Security Association (IDSA) to produce an independent report on the Irish defence industry. The report, the first of its kind in Ireland, was designed to provide the IDSA with a high-level, state-of-play overview of the industry in Ireland. Read more…

Commission on the Defence Forces Report | 9 February 2022 

Policy Report

Caitríona Heinl was appointed as a member of the Irish government’s Commission on the Defence Forces which began its work on 15 December 2020. Over a period of 13 months, the Commission focused its work on considering the appropriate capabilities, structures and staffing of both the Permanent Defence Force (PDF) and Reserve Defence Force (RDF). Read more…