• The State of the Islamic State

    ISIS: The Dubious Paradise of Apocalypse Now

    By James Fromson and Steven Simon

    ISIS’s four principal manifestations – as a guerrilla army, Sunni political movement, millenarian cult and administrator of territory – suggest a strategy against it: aggressive containment.

  • Deterrence and Alliance

    Can Deterrence Ever Be Stable?

    By Michael Krepon

    Stability has been the holy grail of deterrence strategists since the outset of the US–Soviet nuclear-arms competition. This prize has been elusive because nuclear weapons are not stabilising.

  • Deterrence and Alliance

    Governing Cyberspace through Constructive Ambiguity

    By Paul Cornish

    At the heart of the cyber-governance problem is a fundamental disagreement over the relevance and significance of state sovereignty.

  1. The State of the Islamic State

  2. Deterrence and Alliance

  3. Deterrence and Alliance

Latest Issue

The state of the Islamic State

This issue includes articles on by James Fromson, Steven Simon, Michael Krepon and Paul Cornish.

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The Debate Over US China Strategy

By Aaron L. Friedberg

The United States should pursue a strategy towards China that combines continued attempts at engagement with expanded and intensified balancing.

Review Essay: The Crisis of Human Rights

By Pierre Hassner

Four recent books show the need for a more systematic link between the abstract foundations and everyday life of human rights.

Closing Argument: Relief

By Mark Fitzpatrick

The Lausanne accord buys time, but will be only one step in a long process of neutralising Iran’s nuclear challenge.