• Events

    Chinese Air Power: Revolution or Evolution?

    23 April 2014. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace, IISS 
    Henry Boyd, Research Associate for Defence and Military Analysis, IISS
    Arundel House, London
    Wednesday 23 April 2014, 12:30-1:30pm

  • Adelphi Books

    Beyond Air–Sea Battle: The Debate Over US Military Strategy in Asia

    14 April 2014.  After a decade spent emphasising counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations, finding a credible response to China’s anti-access/area-denial capabilities is now the central task confronting US military planners.

  • Strategic Comments

    Pacific Alliance trade bloc eyes global role

    08 April 2014. 

    Seeking to market themselves as a manufacturing and investment hub, strategically located between the Asia-Pacific and Europe, the four members of the Pacific Alliance are claiming a greater role for themselves in the global economy.

  • Geo-economics and Strategy Conferences

    Trade and Flag: The Changing Balance of Power in the Multilateral Trading System

    06 April 2014. 

    IISS Geo-economics and Strategy Conference
    IISS-Middle East, Manama
    06-08 April 2014

  • Survival

    The Problems of the Liberal Peace in Asia

    01 April 2014. 

    The conviction that economic ties will engender peace is a lynchpin of US strategy, but Asian leaders view failure to protect territorial claims as worse than the losses associated with a limited war.

  • Strategic Comments

    China’s national-security overhaul

    21 March 2014. 

    In establishing a new National Security Commission, President Xi Jinping has created a single forum for the consideration of all of China's security concerns, both external and internal. Though still a work in progress, it will assess China's national-security concerns comprehensively, including the full spectrum of security threats, and institutionalise Chinese strategic thinking for the first time.

  • IISS Voices

    Devesh Rasgotra: India-China competition in the Indian Ocean

    21 March 2014.  By Devesh Rasgotra, Intern, South Asia Programme With around 50% of the world’s container traffic and 70% of its petroleum products travelling across its waters, the Indian Ocean is a vital area for Asian countries. This has not gone unnoticed by China, who is competing for influence in the region. Naturally, India has vital interests in the Indian Ocean. At the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue in 2009, US defence secretary Robert Gates stated...

  • IISS Voices

    Sanjaya Baru: Managing China

    18 March 2014.  By Sanjaya Baru, Director, Geo-economics and Strategy ‘Managing the rise of China is the single most important challenge for India,’ writes Sanjaya Baru in an op-ed for the Indian Express on 14 March. Baru explains that China’s rise has divided the world into two camps:  ‘Those who celebrate it – countries that are economically benefiting from its rise and don’t feel militarily threatened, and those who worry about it – countries...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: The touchy issue of Japan's plutonium

    11 March 2014.  A workshop in Beijing last week on strategic nuclear issues in Northeast Asia, which I jointly organised with the China Institute of International Studies, took an unexpected turn. As specified in the agenda, China’s plutonium reprocessing plans were duly discussed; but more attention was focused on Japan’s plutonium. It is not unusual for Japan’s huge stockpile of plutonium to draw attention at such events. Japan owns 44 tonnes of the stuff, most...

  • IISS Voices

    Sanjaya Baru: World of Narendra Abe

    07 March 2014.  By Sanjaya Baru, Director for Geo-economics and Strategy At the tail end of a question-answer session following a lecture in Singapore an East Asian member in the audience asked me if I could enlighten him on what India’s foreign policy was likely to be in a Narendra Modi government. Pressed for time, and not prepared for the question, I offered a telegraphic reply. Mr Modi, I told him, would be the...

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