• IISS Voices

    China’s choice: trade with North Korea or with US

    22 September 2017.  Despite Beijing’s displeasure, the latest round of US sanctions on foreign banks associated with North Korea is preferable to military options that could trigger a full-scale war, says Matthew Cottee.

  • IISS Voices

    IISS Cyber Report: 14 to 20 September

    21 September 2017.  Germany sets up new cyber spook agency; Saudi Arabia lifts ban on internet calling apps; Facebook silences Rohingya refugees by deleting accounts.

  • IISS Voices

    John Chipman introduces Strategic Survey 2017

    20 September 2017.  IISS Chief Executive John Chipman introduces Strategic Survey 2017, assessing a year of rising threats and weakening global alliances. 

  • IISS Voices

    Video: Introducing Strategic Survey 2017

    20 September 2017.  Our analysts address the key issues at the heart of Strategic Survey 2017, the IISS annual assessment of geopolitics. The book provides objective, in-depth analysis of the global political and security environment.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Austrian and Swiss fighters: could they go their own way together?

    18 September 2017.  Bern and Vienna have begun to look at replacing their respective combat-aircraft fleets with a single type of multi-role fighter: but could they consider whether there is any advantage in a joint buy?

  • IISS Voices

    IISS Cyber Report: 7 to 13 September

    14 September 2017.  China issues new rules for online messaging and social media; Russia and South Africa increase dialogue on information security; EU defence ministers hold cyber war game in Tallinn; India reconsiders data privacy.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Belarus and Zapad 2017: between a rock and a hard place

    13 September 2017.  With its exercise Zapad (West) 2017, Russia may be sending a signal to Europe and the United States, although there is debate as to what this signal may be. The exercise is also a lesson in ‘not-so-soft power’ for Moscow's near abroad.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Aurora 2017: shedding light on Swedish defence thinking

    11 September 2017.  On 19 September 2017, Sweden will begin its largest military exercise for two decades, Aurora 2017.  Over its three-week course, 19,000 personnel drawn from all of Sweden’s armed services, including the Home Guard, will be involved. Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and the United States will also contribute around 1,000 troops between them. The exercise’s focus is the southeast of the country, and Gotland island, the closest Swedish...

  • IISS Voices

    Increasing militia violence in the CAR threatens civilians and disarmament efforts

    08 September 2017.  The proliferation of militia groups in the CAR illustrates wider trends typical of militia activity in Africa and beyond.

  • Military Balance Blog

    New UK shipbuilding strategy: do the numbers add up?

    07 September 2017.  Britain's new shipbuilding strategy aims to revive the sale of its warships around the world. The UK must overcome cost and flexibility challenges in a competitive marketplace.

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