• Chuck Hagel And Barack Obama ((DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley)

    Politics and Strategy

    Don't over-interpret Hagel's departure

    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.

  • P5+1 Ministers Stand For 'Family Photo' With Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif Amid Iran Nuclear Negotiations in Vienna (Photo: State Dept)

    Politics and Strategy

    Iran nuclear diplomacy survives to fight another day

    Lamentable though it is that a deal could not be reached on the Iran nuclear crisis, a seven-month extension of the interim deal and a continuation of talks is the second-best outcome, says Mark Fitzpatrick.


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    Latest Strategic Comment

    The growing threat of North Korea

    North Korea poses an array of security threats to its neighbours and the wider world, and these threats continue to grow. But for a short period this autumn, North Korea appeared to be making efforts on nearly every front to improve its image.


  • India Global Forum

    Jaitley gives India Global Forum keynote

    Arun Jaitley, India's Minister of Finance and Defence, opened the India Global Forum (IGF) with a Keynote Address on the Modi government's economic priorities. The forum ran from 9-10 November in New Delhi.


  • The Trans-Pacific Summit

    The IISS Cartagena Dialogue

    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.


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Survival: Global Politics and Strategy

Can Iraq be saved?

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.

New Adelphi Book

The Ties That Divide

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.

The Annual Review of World Affairs

Strategic Survey 2014

The Annual Review of World Affairs covers all the events and themes of the year region by region.

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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