• IISS-US Discussion Meeting

    The rise of Islamic State & the future of Iraq

    In spite of the undoubted threat that the Islamic State poses, their rise is a symptom of a much larger set of pathologies that have dogged the Iraqi state since 2003.  Toby Dodge examines what has brought the Iraqi state to the brink of collapse and what it needs to do to survive.

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    Latest Strategic Comment

    Iran nuclear talks approach conclusive deadline

    Iran and its interlocutors have until 24 March to reach an agreement on the country's nuclear programme. Failure to do so would not mean an end to diplomacy, but the US Congress would likely enact new sanctions legislation.

  • Military Balance 2015

    Military Balance 2015

    First global defence-spending rise since 2010

    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.

  • Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Federal Minister for Interior & Narcotics Control, Pakistan

    Key Address

    Pakistan's fight against terrorism

    Pakistan’s Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan discusses the country’s new National Action Plan to combat terrorism.  What will be the next steps in Pakistan’s fight against militancy and what will be the role of the army, paramilitary and police?

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    Strategic Comment

    France's nuclear conservatism

    Those who were hoping that President François Hollande would use a recent speech to break with his country's nuclear traditions will have been disappointed. Instead, he outlined a realistic and sober vision for France's nuclear deterrent.

  • Juan Manuel Santos, the President of Colombia, and Panama’s President Juan Carlos Varela (Photo: Presidency of Panama)

    The Trans-Pacific Summit, 6-8 March 2015

    Presidents of Colombia and Panama to speak at IISS Cartagena Dialogue

    Juan Manuel Santos, the President of Colombia, and Panama’s President Juan Carlos Varela, will give keynote speeches at the IISS Cartagena Dialogue. The inaugural Trans-Pacific Summit takes place 6–8 March in Colombia.

  1. IISS-US Discussion Meeting

  2. Latest Strategic Comment

  3. Military Balance 2015

  4. Key Address

  5. Strategic Comment

  6. The Trans-Pacific Summit, 6-8 March 2015

The Trans-Pacific Summit

The IISS Cartagena Dialogue

The inaugural ‘IISS Cartagena Dialogue: The Trans-Pacific Summit’ will convene from 6–8 March in Cartagena, Colombia.



New Adelphi Book

The Rise of ISIS

To mark the tenth anniversary of the IISS Manama Dialogue the IISS is publishing an Adelphi book that analyses the key challenges now faced by the Middle East.

Military Balance 2015

Russia's armed forces

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.

The essential military reference

The Military Balance 2015

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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