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The second deadline for the negotiation of a final deal on Iran’s nuclear programme passed on 24 November. Four days on, a panel of experts assessed the extension of the interim deal and the implications of Western concessions.
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Since President Obama’s announcement of the US strategy against ISIS, the conflict has increased in complexity. At a discussion meeting, IISS experts assessed the political and security dimensions of the conflict in Syria and Iraq, as well as its likely future course.
The resignation of US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on 24 November overshadowed the results of the Iran nuclear diplomacy in Vienna. In fact, the two issues are related, and suggest that the Obama administration is unlikely to pursue major departures in policy, argues Ben Fishman.
Nuclear energy has traditionally been the domain of industrialised states, but the increasing engagement of emerging nations with this technology will have important implications for nuclear governance.
The IISS is delighted to launch a new international ‘Dialogue’ following in the footsteps of the Shangri-La and Manama Dialogues. The inaugural ‘IISS Cartagena Dialogue: The Trans-Pacific Summit’ will convene from 6–8 March in Cartagena, Colombia.
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 November issue of Survival.
In this Adelphi William Choong argues that there is a pressing need for China and Japan to work out bilateral arrangements to prevent a further deterioration in relations.
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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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