• Military Balance Blog

    Arms trade and democracy: Sweden’s new criteria for export controls

    18 July 2017.  A new draft bill in Sweden to introduce a ‘democracy criterion’ for granting arms-export licences would make the export of any materiel to the Gulf states more difficult and limit market access for Sweden’s defence industry.

  • Events

    Anticipating and Mitigating Future Iranian Military Capabilities

    18 July 2017. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Michael Eisenstadt, Kahn Fellow and Director, Military & Security Studies Program, The Washington Institute
    Michael Elleman, Senior Fellow for Missile Defence, IISS
    John 'Fozzie' Miller, Vice Admiral (Retired), US Navy
    Chaired by Mark Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, IISS–Americas
    IISS–Americas, Washington DC
    Tuesday 18 July, 10–11am EDT

  • Expert Commentary

    What rapprochement is possible between Israel, Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi?

    04 July 2017.  The crisis that has torn apart the oil monarchies in the Gulf since late May 2017 has been considered by Israel as an opportunity to move closer to Riyadh. However, the road to the formal normalisation of Israeli–Gulf relations remains long. In the triangular relationship between Tel Aviv, Riyadh and Washington, who is most in need of the others?

  • Events

    ‘Blood Oil:’ discussion with Professor Leif Wenar

    22 June 2017. 

    Discussion meeting
    Professor Leif Wenar, Chair of Philosophy and Law, King’s College London
    Chaired by Nick Redman, Director of Editorial; Editor, Adelphi and Strategic Survey, IISS
    Arundel House, London
    Thursday 22 June, 12–1pm BST

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 7: Middle East and North Africa

    14 February 2017.  Middle East and North Africa: Russia changes the battlefield; The campaign against ISIS; The Iraqi Army; The war in Yemen; Yemen and GCC military cooperation; Regional capabilities increase; Defence Economics; Macroeconomics; Defence spending and procurement; Defence industry; Emirates Defence Industries Company

    Saudi Arabia: Defence policy; The armed forces; Defence and security cooperation and coalitions; Operations in Yemen; Defence economics and industry

  • Strategic Comments

    The percolating proxy war in Yemen

    02 February 2017. 

    Saudi Arabia and the UAE's military intervention against the Iran-backed Houthis in Yemen, hesitantly supported by the United States, is an opportune way for Riyadh and Abu Dhabi to roll back Iran in the region. But it is also taking a severe toll on Yemen's infrastructure and population that is likely to increase pressure for reinvigorated conflict resolution efforts.

  • Events

    Saudi Arabia’s economy and Vision 2030: an IMF assessment

    31 January 2017. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Tim Callen, Mission Chief, IMF
    Arundel House, London
    Tuesday 31 January 2017, 10.30–11.30am GMT

  • Events

    A Conversation with His Excellency Abdullah Al Saud

    19 January 2017. 

    IISS–Americas Ambassadors' Forum 
    His Excellency Abdullah Al Saud, Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to the United States
    IISS–Americas, Washington DC
    Thursday 19 January 2017, 9.30–10.30am EST

  • Manama Voices

    A Gulf union?

    06 December 2016.  This is a time of acute anxiety for Gulf states, explains Emile Hokayem. Since 2011 they have been exceptionally assertive in their neighbourhood, but this has proven to be a costly, gruelling and frustrating exercise. The collapsing regional order is driving fresh efforts to improve cooperation.

  • Manama Voices

    Turbulence of 2016 lends greater urgency to IISS Manama Dialogue

    01 December 2016.  This year’s IISS Manama Dialogue takes place amid a set of political, economic, social and security challenges in and around the Middle East and North Africa of a global importance and urgency that we have not seen for decades. As Sir John Jenkins explains, the Dialogue provides a vital forum for some of the most powerful policymakers from the region and beyond to agree on ways to address such pressing...

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