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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.

Ukraine Crisis

Ukraine and Obama’s 'credibility'

As the Ukraine crisis unfolds, there has been much rhetoric devoted to questions Barack Obama’s ‘toughness and ‘credibility’. In most cases it is nonsense, and in some cases dangerous nonsense, say Dana Allin and Steven Simon.

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The IISS-US Policy Makers Series provides a forum for senior US officials to present new policies and initiatives to the broader strategic, expert, business and media communities.

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IISS E-Membership allows US Nationals active involvement in the Institute’s research, work and events.


Managing the Syria Spillover

With the breakdown of the Geneva negotiations, prospects for a resolution to the Syrian conflict appear dim.