• President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden meet with members of the National Security Council in the Situation Room of the White House, Sept. 10, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

    Politics and Strategy

    Is Obama a Too-Reluctant Warrior?

    As many criticise President Obama's refusal to send US ground troops to combat ISIS, Dana Allin argues that on this occasion, calibration and caution are wiser than all-out war.


  • © NATO

    Strategic Comments

    NATO: reassurance & effective responses

    Events in Ukraine and northern Iraq dramatically increased the significance of NATO's September summit. It marked a turning point for the Alliance, as combat operations in Afghanistan drew to a close and members renewed their commitment to collective defence.

  • GSR 2014 Key Speakers

    Global Strategic Review 2014

    Key GSR Speakers announced

    Speakers at the 2014 GSR will include Ghana’s Foreign Minister Hanna Tetteh, Carl Bildt and Børge Brende, the foreign ministers of Sweden and Norway and former US National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski among many others.


  • Angela Kane, UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs & Nik Gowing

    EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference 2014

    Nuclear weapons 'fundamentally illegitimate'

    Nuclear weapons are 'fundamentally illegitimate' said Angela Kane in her Keynote Address to the 2014 EU Non-Proliferation Conference. The UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs argued progress on non-proliferation requires that disarmament is also discussed.


  • Strategic Survey 2014

    The Annual Review of World Affairs

    Strategic Survey 2014

    A resurgence of major-power geopolitics has been the striking feature of 2014, from the crisis in Ukraine to tensions in the East China Sea. Strategic Survey 2014: The Annual Review of World Affairs analyses the events  of the year.


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  5. The Annual Review of World Affairs

Global Strategic Review 2014

Geopolitical Risks & Geo-economic Opportunities

Registration is still open for the 11th Global Strategic Review. The 2014 GSR will be held in Oslo from Friday 19 September to Sunday 21 September. The theme will be 'Geopolitical Risks and Geo-economic Opportunities.' 

New Adelphi Book

Beyond Air–Sea Battle

This Adelphi analyses the debate over the future of US military strategy in Asia.

Regional Security Assessment 2014

Key developments in Asia-Pacific security

This Strategic Dossier focuses on the evolving roles of the major powers in the Asia-Pacific.

The essential military reference

The Military Balance 2014

The Military Balance is the IISS flagship annual assessment of the military capabilities and defence economics of 171 countries worldwide. This year's essays focus on lessons from ten years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, cyber abilities and the rise of unmanned systems.

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