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The rise and potency of ISIS has forced intervention-weary Western states into new military engagement in the Middle East, but the current strategy seems unlikely to ‘degrade and ultimately destroy’ a new model of Islamist insurgency, says IISS expert Emile Hokayem.
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Global defence spending was up 1.7% in 2014, the first rise since 2010. However US defence spending has dropped from 47% of the global total in 2010 to around 38% in 2014. IISS experts discuss this and other defence trends at the US launch of The Military Balance 2015.
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The long-term viability of 'Minsk II' depends on Kiev's ability to implement contentious constitutional reforms, explains the latest Strategic Comment.
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Are Russia and the NATO embarking on a new Cold War? Since the Ukraine crisis began, this question has been debated intensively in Survival: Global Politics and Strategy.
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The conflict in Yemen is marked by paradoxical alliances that reflect the complex and multi-factional nature of the struggle, says Armed Conflict Database analyst Hebatalla Taha.
As economic powers from the developing world, particularly China, have emerged in the past few decades, their weight has altered the balance in the global trading system. In this volume, leading commentators – including two former heads of the WTO – examine the possible consequences of this shifting trade landscape.
The Military Balance 2015 comes with a new wall chart focusing on ‘Russia’s Armed Forces’, showing the geographical disposition of Army, Navy, Air Force and Strategic Rocket Force units.
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By embracing and developing three concepts – robust peacekeeping, political processes, and the protection of civilians – the UN can arrive at a stabilisation doctrine.
The Military Balance is the IISS flagship annual assessment of the military capabilities and defence economics of 171 countries worldwide. New features include technical equipment-focused graphics, a chart of Russia’s armed forces and analytical essays on hybrid warfare, directed energy weapons and US space systems.
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