• 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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    Latest Strategic Comment

    Scots say 'no', but risks for UK remain

    Although the result of the Scottish referendum on independence was clear, it heralds a new period of uncertainty for the UK, explains the latest Strategic Comment.


  • Military Balance Blog

    Ukrainian air force capability erodes further

    Ukraine has suffered sustained losses of aircraft in the conflict with eastern separatists; but, says Douglas Barrie, damage had already been done by years of underfunding, insufficient training and maintaining a large, ageing combat fleet.


  • Air-Strikes Against ISIS

    The Implications of US Intervention in Syria

    As the US begins air-strikes against ISIS in Syria, Emile Hokayem discusses the wider implications of direct military action without the consent of the Assad government.


  • GSR 2014 Keynote Session

    Global Strategic Review 2014

    Nordic Perspectives on European Security

    ‘A sense of being vulnerable' has descended upon Europe following the conflict in Ukraine, said the Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt at the opening Keynote Session of the Global Strategic Review 2014.


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  2. Latest Strategic Comment

  3. Military Balance Blog

  4. Air-Strikes Against ISIS

  5. Global Strategic Review 2014

Geopolitical Risks & Geo-economic Opportunities

Global Strategic Review 2014

The 11th Global Strategic Review was held from 19-21 September in Oslo.

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Armed Conflict Database

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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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