• IISS Voices

    Karl Eikenberry: Sino-American conflict is not inevitable

    08 August 2014.  China’s recent economic rise has generated widespread predictions of an inevitable conflict with the United States. But, IISS Council Member Lieutenant-General Karl Eikenberry argues in a recent article for American Review  that while there’s a long history of conflict between established and emerging powers, China and the United Sates are not necessarily fated to repeat the pattern today. Acknowledging the numerous points of tension between the two countries, Eikenberry suggests...

  • Strategic Comments

    Vietnam: maritime spat stirs domestic dissent

    07 August 2014. 

    The new opportunities for political expression that have opened up as a result of Vietnam's economic reforms have increased the pressure on the Communist Party and state to respond firmly to Beijing's assertive behaviour in the South China Sea.

  • Survival

    Cyber Warfare and Sino-American Crisis Instability

    25 July 2014.  China and the US both recognise that an armed conflict between them would include cyber warfare. But there is a curious and risky failure to connect the tactical military advantages of cyber attacks with the strategic hazards.

  • IISS Voices

    Braz Baracuhy: The BRICS New Development Bank: A Geo-economic Game-Changer

    24 July 2014.  By Braz Baracuhy, Consulting Senior Fellow for Geo-Economics and Strategy The sixth BRICS summit, held in Fortaleza, Brazil, on 15 July 2014, is a milestone for the bloc of emerging powers. After two years of technical consultations among finance officials, this meeting led to the establishment of the BRICS New Development Bank and a Contingent Reserve Arrangement (CRA). These innovations represent a geo-economic game-changer for the BRICS’ financial cooperation and its...

  • Strategic Comments

    Iran nuclear talks extended for four more months

    23 July 2014. 

    Deep differences over the allowable size of Iran's nuclear programme and how long restrictions on it should remain in place proved insurmountable in the latest round of negotiations. Iran and the six powers known as the E3+3 now have a further four months to determine whether they can summon the political will to bridge the gap.

  • Events

    China’s Cyber Power: Policy, Capability and Exploitation

    23 July 2014. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Nigel Inkster
    Director for Transnational Threats and Political Risk, IISS
    Arundel House, London
    Wednesday 23 July 2014

  • Events

    IISS-US Adelphi Book Launch: Beyond Air-Sea Battle

    17 July 2014. 

    IISS-US Adelphi Book Launch
    Aaron Friedberg
    Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University
    Discussant: Elbridge Colby
    Robert M. Gates Fellow, Center for New American Security
    IISS-US, Washington DC
    Thursday 17 July 2014

  • IISS Voices

    William Choong and Alexander Neill: The Singapore school of foreign relations - IISS–Fullerton Lecture

    02 July 2014.  By William Choong and Alexander Neill, Shangri-La Dialogue Senior Fellows for Asia–Pacific Security In his critically-acclaimed One Man’s View of the World, Singapore’s founding father Lee Kuan Yew espouses the essence of Singapore’s approach to international relations. Singapore, he writes, has ‘to take the world as it is; it is too small to change it’. The Republic must ‘maximise the space we have to manoeuvre among the ‘big trees’ in the region’...

  • Events

    Is there an Arms Race in Asia?

    26 June 2014. 

    IISS-US Discussion Meeting
    Christian Le Mière
    Senior Fellow for Naval Forces and Maritime Security, IISS
    Douglas Paal
    Vice President for Studies and Director of the Asia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
    Thursday 26 June 2014

  • IISS Voices

    Matthew Cottee: The UK-China 'Landmark Agreement' on Nuclear Energy Cooperation

    24 June 2014.  By Matthew Cottee, Research Analyst, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme Amid the pageantry surrounding the visit of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to the UK, one of the bilateral agreements signed last week went largely unnoticed. The announcement that Chinese companies could own and operate Chinese-designed nuclear power plants in the UK might have been viewed with alarm in nationalist quarters, but the ‘Made in China’ label is no longer pejorative, even when...

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