• Politics and Strategy

    Jeffrey Mazo: Noise and Signal in Climate Science

    18 December 2014.  The last week or so has been a busy one for watchers of climate change and climate politics. On Monday I weighed in on the UN summit in Lima. But three other stories also drew my attention: new data on Arctic ice loss; 2014’s record temperatures and the end of the ‘pause’, and Denmark’s ‘claim’ to the North Pole. For all three, there is less than meets the eye, but...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Alex Nicoll: UK constitution - a three-act play

    17 December 2014.  Scotland’s vote in September to remain within the United Kingdom was but one step in what could turn out to be a constitutional upheaval. The outcome might be a very different kind of country. Or it might not be. At this stage, it is impossible to tell. As it turns out, the decisive outcome of the referendum did not even resolve the issue of Scotland’s future. As I wrote in...

  • Events

    International Diplomacy and the Ukraine Crisis

    15 December 2014. 

    Discussion Meeting

    The Hon. Vladimir Lukin
    Former Russian Ambassador to the US;
    Special Envoy of the Russian President for the February 21st Negotiations on Ukraine

    The Hon. Richard Burt
    Managing Director, McLarty Associates;
    Former US Ambassador to Germany;
    Chief US Negotiator for the START Agreement

    Sir Michael Leigh
    Transatlantic Academy Fellow, German Marshall Fund;
    Former Director-General for Enlargement, European Commission

    IISS-US, Washington DC
    Monday, 15 December 2014, 9:30-10:30am EST/ 2:30-3:30pm GMT

  • Events

    The Ukrainian Crisis: A Test for Europe and the World

    09 December 2014. 

    IISS-Fullerton Lecture
    Petro Poroshenko
    President of Ukraine
    Fullerton Hotel, Singapore
    Tuesday 09 December 2014

  • Manama Voices

    Dina Esfandiary: Discussing the extension of nuclear negotiations

    07 December 2014.  By Dina Esfandiary, Research Association, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme Iran has been at the top of the agenda during this year's Manama Dialogue. From the extension of the nuclear negotiations to recent efforts against Daesh in Iraq, Tehran's activities in the region continue to baffle and frighten its neighbours. In Tehran however, the focus is internal. But for Iran to make progress on domestic issues, it must first get...

  • Manama Dialogue

    Reflections on 10 Years of Regional Security Changes: Mark Fitzpatrick

    07 December 2014. 

    The IISS Manama Dialogue 2014: 10th Regional Security Summit
    Fifth Plenary Session
    Mark Fitzpatrick
    Director, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme, IISS

  • Manama Voices

    Mark Fitzpatrick: Why an Iranian nuclear deal couldn't be done

    05 December 2014.  By Mark Fitzpatrick, Director of the Non-proliferation and Disarmament Programme However much President Barack Obama longed for a rare foreign policy success via a nuclear agreement with Iran, he didn’t want it so badly as to strike a bad deal.  Hence, the parties only agreed to an uneasy seven-month rollover of the interim agreement that caps both Iran’s nuclear programme and related sanctions. ‘Badness’ is a subjective concept. In...

  • Survival

    Britain’s Integration Debates

    01 December 2014.  The quality of argument over constitutional settlements for Scotland and England has been low. On Europe, both sides need to offer positive, intelligent visions of the future, or risk a decision based on xenophobia rather than principle.

  • Survival

    Ukraine and the Art of Limited War

    01 December 2014.  Putin’s power play in Ukraine was impulsive and improvised, without any clear sense of the desired end state. After many months of effort, Russia has achieved limited gains, but at high cost.

  • Events

    After the Deadline: Assessing the Nuclear Negotiations with Iran

    28 November 2014. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Ali Ghezelbash,
    Independent Strategic Consultant
    Rouzbeh Parsi,
    Director, European Iran Research Group (EIRG)
    Ariane Tabatabai,
    Associate, Belfer Center, Harvard Kennedy School
    Arundel House, London
    Friday 28 November 2014, 12:30-2pm

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