• Strategic Comments

    The UK Brexit vote and its potential strategic impact

    20 April 2016. 

    The United Kingdom's 'Leave' camp is mounting a strident and emotive campaign for the UK's departure from the European Union, and has gained significant popular traction. 'Brexit' would pose serious economic and political risks to the UK and significantly diminish the EU’s size and clout. The 'Remain' camp will need to work hard to mobilise voters and put across the EU’s benefits more effectively to prevent Brexit.

  • Events

    *CANCELLED* The New Paradigm in Turkey-EU Relations

    20 April 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    H.E. Ambassador Volkan Bozkır, Minister for EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator, Turkey
    London

  • Events

    Iran Nuclear Deal Implementation: Hiccups and Hurdles

    14 April 2016. 

    Corporate Breakfast
    Mark Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, IISS–Americas
    Arundel House, London
    Thursday 14 April 2016, 8–9AM BST

  • Politics and Strategy

    Matthew Harries: Party politics and bad luck are dragging Britain towards Brexit

    12 April 2016.  David Cameron is a weak prime minister leading a divided government. The peculiar thing about this assertion is that it is true now, and not a year ago, when Cameron was in charge of a two-party coalition government, a rarity in British politics. In May 2015 Cameron won an extraordinary general-election victory, becoming the first full-term incumbent prime minister since 1832 to increase both his party’s share of the vote...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Bastian Giegerich: EU catches Dutch disease

    07 April 2016.  Christopher Hill, a Cambridge professor of International Relations, once suggested that public opinion in relation to foreign policy was a bit like the Loch Ness monster – a mythical creature, often talked about but rarely seen. Yesterday it reared its ugly head. Dutch voters rejected the European Union–Ukraine association agreement in a referendum, delivering a severe blow to European solidarity and further damaging the efforts of 28 governments to form...

  • Strategic Comments

    After Brussels: understanding and countering ISIS’s strategy

    30 March 2016. 

    The recent attacks in Brussels confirmed Islamic State’s strategy of supplementing its flagging effort to establish a Middle East caliphate with an out-of-area campaign of urban terror focusing on Europe. Unity among Europe’s policymakers remains key to securing the continent against terrorism and addressing the root causes of Muslim radicalisation.

  • IISS Voices

    Nigel Inkster: Terrorism, Europe and Brexit

    29 March 2016.  The recent terrorist attacks in Belgium and France have provoked debate about whether the UK would be safer in or out of the EU. Nigel Inkster argues that cooperation, not fragmentation, is needed for modern counter-terrorism.

  • Survival

    Modernising NATO’s Defence Infrastructure with EU Funds

    21 March 2016. 

    NATO has limited collective financial means to modernise Europe’s defence-transportation and supply links. The European Union might be able to help.

  • Survival

    The Three Faces of German Leadership

    21 March 2016. 

    Germany has acted as enforcer, facilitator and benefactor in Europe’s triple crisis, but not always coherently.

  • IISS Voices

    Alexander Nicoll: Ten strategic questions about Brexit

    10 March 2016.  Recent strategic challenges have required cooperative, Europe-wide solutions – a vote in favour of ‘Brexit’ would leave Britain isolated and with fewer options in the face of such challenges, finds Alexander Nicoll.

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