• Kurds in Turkey celebrate waving the Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government's (KRG) flag as a Peshmerga fighters convoy cross through at the Habur border along the Turkish-Iraqi border (Photo: ILYAS AKENGIN/AFP/Getty Images)

    Instability at home, isolation abroad?

    Turkey's Syria role

    Turkey’s decision to allow Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters to reinforce the besieged Syrian border town of Kobane appears set to raise domestic security risks while failing to reduce Turkey's isolation in the region.


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    Latest Strategic Comment

    ISIS: the threat to homeland security

    Western governments face a new homeland security preoccupation: the growing numbers of young Westerners joining Syrian rebel groups.


  • US Army soldier keeps watch on a road in Tarin Kot, Afghanistan.

    Military Balance Blog

    Thinking Clearly about the Future of Warfare

    Four fallacies about future war have become widely accepted; these fallacies promise that future conflict will be fundamentally different from all historical experience and, in particular, from the recent and ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.


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    History, Honour and Territory in Sino-Japanese Relatons

    The Ties that Divide

    The cool-headed decision of China and Japan in the 1970s to shelve issues such as Japan’s wartime record and the question of sovereignty over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands has been overturned. In its place, leaders are indulging in nationalism and an inclination toward irrational or risky behaviour argues William Choong in his new Adelphi book.


  • New Delhi, 9-10 November 2014

    India Global Forum

    The India Global Forum will explore the renewed prospects for India’s economic rise, the geo-economic and foreign policy agenda of the Narendra Modi government and international expectations of a more extrovert India.


  1. Instability at home, isolation abroad?

  2. Latest Strategic Comment

  3. Military Balance Blog

  4. History, Honour and Territory in Sino-Japanese Relatons

  5. New Delhi, 9-10 November 2014

Survival: Global Politics and Strategy

Can Iraq be saved?

Using the Sykes–Picot agreement to explain the Middle East falsely extrapolates from a single moment. This misuse of history will lead to poor policy argues Toby Dodge in the new issue of Survival.

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