• Politics and Strategy

    Erik Jones: A step towards disintegration

    27 June 2016.  The British vote to leave the European Union (EU) is the first step toward formal disintegration that the West has experienced. The closest parallel is France’s decision to step outside the integrated military command structure of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in 1966. But France remained a member of NATO; that decision was more like Britain’s opt-out from the single currency or Schengen, even if the shift of NATO’s...

  • Expert Commentary

    Financial Times: Brexit spells disaster for France

    24 June 2016.  By Francois Heisbourg, Chair of the IISS Council 'Frexit' remains unlikely, says IISS Chair Francois Heisbourg. ‘For the French, the European project remains more like a marriage than the cohabitation it always was in the eyes on many in Britain.’  He went on to explain that Brexit will severely limit the room for manoeuvre in Europe of a largely discredited incumbent president and government. Read the full article at the Financial Times...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Brexit becomes reality

    24 June 2016.  In preparing the most recent issue of Survival, we asked our authors to reflect on the possibility of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union – or ‘Brexit’. At that point, it was by nearly all accounts the less likely outcome. Yesterday, the UK voted to make it a reality. There is now huge uncertainty about what the UK’s relationship with the EU will look like, and about the future...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Matthew Harries: Brexit would be a badly timed blow to Western solidarity

    22 June 2016.  The sky will not fall, in foreign-policy terms, if the United Kingdom votes to leave the European Union. NATO is not going anywhere, nor is the UK’s seat on the UN Security Council. But if Brexit does happen, Britain will start to find itself a little lonelier, and the West a little weaker. The idea of alliance has been having a rough time in recent months. Its loudest critic is US...

  • Events

    Brexit – The Strategic Implications

    13 June 2016. 

    Panel Discussion
    Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman, Emeritus Professor of War Studies, King's College London
    Professor Francois Heisbourg, Chairman of the Council, IISS
    Nigel Inkster, Director of Future Conflict and Cyber Security, IISS
    Arundel House, London
    Monday 13 June 2016, 10.30AM–12PM BST

  • Politics and Strategy

    Erik Jones: Calling an EU referendum was a bad idea; voting to leave would be worse

    10 June 2016.  The British referendum on EU membership is based on (at least) two bad ideas. The first is that the popular legitimacy of a referendum can restore the sovereignty of the British Parliament. The Leave campaign believe they can take power from Brussels and give it back to Westminster. That is a fantasy. The British Parliament will be more constrained and less effective if the UK leaves. The second bad idea...

  • Events

    War by Other Means: Geoeconomics and Statecraft

    08 June 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Jennifer M. Harris, Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
    Arundel House, London
    Wednesday 8 June 2016, 12.30–1.30PM BST

  • Shangri-La Dialogue

    Pursuing Common Security Objectives

    05 June 2016. 

    IISS Shangri-La Dialogue 2016 Fifth Plenary Session

  • Shangri-La Dialogue

    Pursuing Common Security Objectives: Dr Ng Eng Hen

    05 June 2016. 

    IISS Shangri-La Dialogue 2016 Fifth Plenary Session
    Dr Ng Eng Hen, Minister for Defence, Singapore

  • Shangri-La Dialogue

    Pursuing Common Security Objectives: Anatoly Antonov

    05 June 2016. 

    IISS Shangri-La Dialogue 2016 Fifth Plenary Session
    Anatoly Antonov, Deputy Minister of Defence, Russia

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