• Events

    Assessing the Iran Nuclear Deal

    20 May 2015. 

    Mark Fitzpatrick, Director, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme
    Wednesday 20 May 2015, 3-4pm

  • Politics and Strategy

    Erik Jones: Greek Default and the Politics of ‘Reasonableness’

    19 May 2015.  Last week, my SAIS colleague Filippo Taddei gave an interview to a Bloomberg journalist about the Greek crisis in which he argued that there is no necessary link between a Greek government default and the exit of Greece from the euro area. The reason, Taddei explained, is that a government default is only relevant to Greece’s euro membership insofar as such a default would wipe out many of the assets...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Alexander Nicoll: Britain’s Election Shocks

    08 May 2015.  Three extraordinary facts on the day after the most surprising British election for many years: David Cameron’s Conservative Party has won an outright majority of parliamentary seats that was predicted by nobody; three party leaders, including Labour’s Ed Miliband, have already resigned; and in Scotland, the vehemently anti-Conservative Scottish National Party (SNP) has swept almost all the seats, ending decades of Labour dominance. And some immediate observations: The opinion polls, which...

  • Expert Commentary

    Financial Times: General election - France must craft EU strategy after Tory win

    08 May 2015.  By François Heisbourg, Chairman of the IISS and of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy IISS's François Heisbourg considers the implications of the UK general election results for one of the union's principal strategic partners: France. Read the full article at the Financial Times (subscription required)

  • Politics and Strategy

    Britain’s Confusing Election

    06 May 2015.  As the United Kingdom prepares to head to the polls on 7 May, here is a roundup of recent Survival coverage of the peculiar state of British politics. Alexander Nicoll: ‘Britain’s Confusing Election’, Survival, April–May 2015 The political currents that have contributed to the Liberal Democrats’ fall from grace and the rise of UKIP and the SNP (as well as the Green Party, which has a projected share of 7%) are...

  • Expert Commentary

    Financial Times: Brussels blames Gazprom for its own failings

    30 April 2015.  By Pierre Noel, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Senior Fellow for Economic and Energy Security The EU Commission has accused Russian gas company Gazprom of anti-competitive practices in its dealings with several EU countries. In a new op-ed, Pierre Noel assesses the validity of this claim. Read the full article at the Financial Times (subscription required)

  • Politics and Strategy

    Alexander Nicoll: Scotland’s election charge

    21 April 2015.  The star of the British general election campaign so far is Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) and the head of the Scottish government. She herself is not seeking a seat at Westminster. Her party is contesting just 59 out of 650 constituencies – that is, only those in Scotland. But the polls suggest it will win almost all of them, compared with just six seats it...

  • Military Balance Blog

    Bastian Giegerich: European defence - strategy, strength and weakness

    20 April 2015.  By Bastian Giegerich, Director of Defence and Military Analysis Around Europe, governments and experts alike are trying to make sense of the dramatic changes in Europe’s security environment to its east and south. For some governments, reflections on this changing environment form a key element of national security and defence strategy reviews. For example, Germany plans to publish a new white paper on security and the future of the German armed...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Erik Jones: The Politics of Conviction and Conviction as Policy

    20 April 2015.  The spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank offer a great opportunity to listen to policymakers explain their views on the evolution of the world economy. For those of us interested in Europe, the focus at this year’s meetings was on the double feature of German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble and Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis at the Brookings Institution last Thursday. It was a good match-up that offered...

  • Expert Commentary

    The House: Why Trident renewal will be on the negotiating table

    09 April 2015.  By Matthew Harries, Managing Editor of Survival and Research Fellow Since 2007, when the House of Commons voted 409-161 in favour of replacing the UK’s four Vanguard-class nuclear-armed submarines (SSBNs) – at least one of which is constantly on patrol armed with Trident II ballistic missiles, providing ‘continuous at-sea deterrence’ (CASD) – two things have changed. Financial pressures have increased dramatically, and the policy preferences of minor parties have become much more relevant. This has...

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