• Strategic Comments

    European defence spending rises, but well short of NATO target

    20 May 2015. 

    Although NATO’s European member countries have begun to increase defence spending, there is a $100bn deficit between aspirations and actual spending levels. In the context of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, states are seeking to heighten military readiness.

  • Strategic Comments

    France’s nuclear conservatism

    25 February 2015. 

    Those who were hoping that French President François Hollande would use a recent speech to break with France's nuclear traditions will have been disappointed. With a majority of the population supporting its retention, Hollande outlined a realistic and sober vision for France's nuclear deterrent.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Dana H. Allin: Degrees of Separation

    09 January 2015.  I was riding my usual train home last night when a friend in Boston called my cell phone. He announced, in preface, that he had something shocking to tell me. The sister of a mutual graduate-school friend was among the 12 people shot dead in the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris on Wednesday. She looked like my old friend, she was an accomplished and beloved psychologist, and she wrote a...

  • Expert Commentary

    L'Opinion: Les démocraties doivent se préparer à gérer les conséquences du terrorisme

    08 January 2015.  L'Opinion interview with Francois Heisbourg, Chairman of the IISS and of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy Quelques heures après la tuerie au siège du journal Charlie Hebdo, les questions sur les raisons d’un tel drame ou sur ses conséquences ne vont pas tarder à émerger. François Heisbourg , spécialiste du terrorisme, met en garde contre tout excès menant à modifier trop vite l’arsenal législatif français. Comment une démocratie traverse un moment aussi...

  • IISS Voices

    Nigel Inkster: The Aftermath of Charlie Hebdo

    08 January 2015.  By Nigel Inkster, Director for Transnational Threats and Political Risk The circumstances surrounding the attack by three gunmen on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo are still unfolding and authoritative commentary is hard to produce. One of the suspects has turned himself in and the two remaining suspects, French nationals of Algerian origin with jihadist antecedents, are the subject of a nationwide manhunt. As is so often the case, it was...

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 4: Europe

    15 December 2014. 

    Europe: Russia’s challenge to European order; NATO Summit to reassure and deter; European defence: changing trajectories; Defence Economics; Regional defence spending; Changing budgetary priorities?
    France: Intervention and operations; Defence economics; Implementing the Loi de Programmation Militaire; Defence industry
    United Kingdom: Operations; Military capability; Prospects; Defence economics; Defence spending; Increased spending efficiency; Challenges remain

  • Manama Dialogue

    Iraq, Syria and Regional Security: Jean-Yves Le Drian

    08 December 2014. 

    IISS Manama Dialogue 2014: 10th Regional Security Summit
    Second Plenary Session
    Jean-Yves Le Drian
    Minister of Defence, France

  • Manama Dialogue

    Iraq, Syria and Regional Security

    06 December 2014. 

    IISS Manama Dialogue 2014: 10th Regional Security Summit
    Second Plenary Session

  • Manama Dialogue

    Iraq, Syria and Regional Security: Q&A

    06 December 2014. 

    The IISS Manama Dialogue 2014: 10th Regional Security Summit
    Second Plenary Session Q&A
    Dr Ibrahim Al Jaafari
    Minister of Foreign Affairs, Iraq
    Jean-Yves Le Drian
    Minister of Defence, France

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