• Strategic Comments

    Step forward for Franco-British defence cooperation

    14 February 2014. 

    A recent Franco-British summit marked a significant step forward for what is one of the most important efforts among European governments to work together to obtain better value from shrinking defence budgets.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Douglas Barrie: Anglo-French defence collaboration - aerospace progress

    07 February 2014.  By Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace London and Paris took another step toward the launch of a European unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) demonstrator at last week's Franco-British Summit. The fate of the project could have a fundamental impact on the prospects for, and shape of, the European defence aerospace sector. On 31 January, French President François Hollande met British Prime Minister David Cameron at RAF Brize Norton air base...

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 4: Europe

    05 February 2014. 

    Europe: Maintaining capability amid austerity; Future agendas; Defence economics
    France: Rapid reaction in Mali; The 2013 Livre Blanc; Defence budgeting; Policy implementation
    United Kingdom: Cyber capability; Armed services; Future challenges; Defence economics

  • Strategic Comments

    Central African Republic: instability and intervention

    17 December 2013. 

    Tough conditions on the ground, likely uncertainty over the intentions of various armed groups, a continuing humanitarian crisis and an untested African force mean that France's wish to stick to a limited timetable in the Central African Republic could be challenged.

  • Strategic Comments

    EU approaches landmark on defence

    10 December 2013. 

    A forthcoming summit of EU leaders to discuss defence cooperation and agree future priorities for bolstering the continent's security and defence capabilities will take place against a background of sharp budget reductions and capability gaps. But it could be an important step towards determining Europe's future influence and relevance as the global balance of defence capabilities shifts eastwards.

  • Strategic Survey

    Chapter 4: Europe

    04 September 2013. 

    France: Hollande's Fraught First Year
    Germany: Merkel's Strong Position
    United Kingdom: Anti-Europe Sentiment Grows
    European Defence: Budget Cuts
    Turkey: Contentious Transition

  • IISS Voices

    Alexander Nicoll: UK vote underlines poor options on Syria

    30 August 2013.  By Alexander Nicoll, Editor of Strategic Survey: The Annual Review of World Affairs British members of parliament have surprised themselves with last night's momentous vote to stop the government from taking military action against the Syrian regime. The defeat by 285 votes to 272 was a substantial blow to David Cameron, the prime minister, who had been the most activist of world leaders in seeking international action on the Syrian conflict. In...

  • Military Balance Blog

    Syrian crisis: Selected military assets in the Mediterranean

    30 August 2013.  Analysts in the IISS Defence and Military Analysis Programme have produced a map of selected military assets in the Mediterranean, following an increase in tension in the wake of the – reportedly most recent – chemical-weapons attacks in Syria. This does not list in full detail all of the displayed nations’ military assets in the region, or those of regional states themselves. It also does not cover British forces which...

  • Military Balance Blog

    Ben Barry: An age of gloom for land forces?

    26 June 2013.  This week, the annual Land Warfare Conference – a joint venture between the British Army and Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) – is being held in London. In his conference paper, IISS Senior Fellow for Land Warfare Ben Barry examines the key land-capability lessons of recent wars, attitudes towards the utility of land forces, and the changes being made to US, British and French land forces. In the US and NATO...

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