• Events

    China: An Assessment of Xi Jinping’s Reforms after Two Years

    10 April 2015. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Charles Parton,
    European External Action Service, Beijing Delegation
    Arundel House, London
    Friday 10 April 2015, 12:30-1:30pm

  • Survival

    China and the World

    25 March 2015. 

    To reclaim a pre-eminent position in Asia, China must seek adjustments to the current global architecture.

  • Survival

    Defence and Japan’s Constitutional Debate

    25 March 2015. 

    Although Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s move to reinterpret Article 9 is indeed historic and groundbreaking, concerns about a resurgence of Japanese militarism are unwarranted.

  • Expert Commentary

    Guardian: Gold seizure highlights dilemma of diplomacy with North Korea

    19 March 2015.  By Matthew Cottee, Research Analyst, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme Last week a North Korean diplomat was caught smuggling gold estimated to be worth £1m from Singapore to Bangladesh. The route of travel and amount of gold seized suggests that North Korea was probably in the process of paying for something, but for what remains unclear. Whilst some might question the outdated payment method, a recent UN security council report suggests that this a...

  • Military Balance Blog

    Tom Waldwyn: Asian naval exports to Africa on the rise

    13 March 2015.  By Tom Waldwyn, Assistant Research Analyst for Maritime Forces and Defence Industry On 12 March 2015 India successfully completed its first warship sale as Mauritius commissioned MCGS Barracuda into coastguard service at a ceremony attended by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The 74m-long, ship, with a full-load displacement of 1,350 tonnes, was ordered in 2012 for US$58.5 million and built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE) in Kolkata, West Bengal.  Whilst India...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: North Korea won’t have 100 nukes by 2020, but that’s no comfort

    02 March 2015.  When analysts offer a range of possibilities about future nuclear and missile threats, the typical journalistic response is to hype the worst of the cases presented. Thus, the lead in most stories about a new report on growth in North Korea’s strategic arsenal focused on the dire prediction that by 2020 Pyongyang could have up to 100 nuclear warheads. Such a ten-fold increase over the IISS strategic dossier estimate in...

  • Events

    IISS Workshop - Furthering the Non-proliferation and Disarmament Agenda: Challenges and Expectations Relating to the UN Sanctions on North Korea

    25 February 2015. 

    IISS Workshop
    Kuala Lumpur
    25 February 2015

  • Military Balance Blog

    Douglas Barrie: Chinese military aircraft developments in 2014

    20 February 2015.  By Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace The People’s Liberation Army Air Force continues to recapitalise its combat-aircraft fleet, improve the capabilities of its special-mission aircraft and work on a considerably greater airlift capability. At least six of the heavy fighter design Chengdu J-20 development aircraft have already been built, four of which were flown for the first time during the course of 2014. The J-20 prototype flew for the...

  • Expert Commentary

    Economic Times: Why China can't be the super power dominating 21st century

    19 February 2015.  By Sanjaya Baru, Director for Geo-economics and Strategy A historically ill-informed debate has gone on about which country will dominate the 21st century. Entering this meaningless debate, Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz has added his weight to the view that this would be ‘China’s Century’, forgetting that when it comes to global power relations, the past is no guide to the future. Merely because Imperial Britain dominated the 19th century and the...

  • Strategic Comments

    Japan’s defence budget bolsters altered military roles

    17 February 2015. 

    Japan's rising defence spending is part of an effort by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to carve out a greater regional security role for his country, commensurate with its status as the world's third-largest economy.

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