• Expert Commentary

    Al-Monitor: Sanctions, sabotage, science delay Iran's missile program

    17 December 2014.  Interview with Michael Elleman, Senior Fellow for Regional Security Cooperation While attention has focused on curbing Iran’s ability to produce fissile material for a nuclear weapon, sanctions, sabotage, technical problems and political calculation have combined to set back Iran’s development of missiles that could potentially deliver such a weapon. Michael Elleman, an expert on missiles at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, told Al-Monitor in an interview Dec. 16 that the Iranians...

  • Manama Voices

    Dina Esfandiary: Discussing the extension of nuclear negotiations

    07 December 2014.  By Dina Esfandiary, Research Association, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme Iran has been at the top of the agenda during this year's Manama Dialogue. From the extension of the nuclear negotiations to recent efforts against Daesh in Iraq, Tehran's activities in the region continue to baffle and frighten its neighbours. In Tehran however, the focus is internal. But for Iran to make progress on domestic issues, it must first get...

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter Two: Iran, the Gulf States and the Syrian Civil War

    07 December 2014. 

    An essential driver of the Syrian civil war has been the involvement of Iran, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and, to a lesser extent, the United Arab Emirates in every aspect of the struggle.

  • Manama Voices

    Nicholas Redman: The changing fortunes of regional powers

    07 December 2014.  The tenth Manama Dialogue has been an excellent opportunity to reflect on the changing fortunes of the region over the past ten years. What was most interesting to Nicholas Redman, Senior Fellow for Geopolitical Risk and Economic Security, was how some regional powers have experienced both a rise and a fall in that time. In 2004, the first year of the Dialogue, Egypt was a strong, self-confident, militarily well-prepared...

  • Manama Dialogue

    Reflections on 10 Years of Regional Security Changes: Mark Fitzpatrick

    07 December 2014. 

    The IISS Manama Dialogue 2014: 10th Regional Security Summit
    Fifth Plenary Session
    Mark Fitzpatrick
    Director, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme, IISS

  • Manama Dialogue

    Strategic Priorities in the Middle East: Sh Khalid Al Khalifa

    06 December 2014. 

    IISS Manama Dialogue 2014: 10th Regional Security Summit
    First Plenary Session
    Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa 
    Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bahrain

  • Manama Dialogue

    Strategic Priorities in the Middle East: Philip Hammond

    06 December 2014. 

    IISS Manama Dialogue 2014: 10th Regional Security Summit
    First Plenary Session
    Philip Hammond
    Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, UK

  • Manama Voices

    Mark Fitzpatrick: Why an Iranian nuclear deal couldn't be done

    05 December 2014.  By Mark Fitzpatrick, Director of the Non-proliferation and Disarmament Programme However much President Barack Obama longed for a rare foreign policy success via a nuclear agreement with Iran, he didn’t want it so badly as to strike a bad deal.  Hence, the parties only agreed to an uneasy seven-month rollover of the interim agreement that caps both Iran’s nuclear programme and related sanctions. ‘Badness’ is a subjective concept. In...

  • Military Balance Blog

    Douglas Barrie: Phantom image supports Iranian air involvement in Iraq

    04 December 2014.  By Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace The apparent intervention of the Iranian Air Force (IRIAF) in Iraq, providing air support to Iraqi ground forces against ISIS, pays tribute to its ability to keep an ageing fleet of combat aircraft operational. The only type so far identified from imagery is the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II, which was delivered to the pre-revolution regime in the early 1970s. While the IRIAF...

  • IISS Voices

    Kiran Hassan: Pakistan and Iran - Jittery Neighbours

    03 December 2014.  By Kiran Hassan, Research Assistant, South Asia The relationship between Pakistan and Iran appears to be on an unstable trajectory. Although recent border tensions have exacerbated the situation, this negative state of affairs is ultimately the combined effect of several key political developments from the past sixty years. Border friction On 17 October, Iranian border guards killed one and injured three of their Pakistani counterparts in the Mand Tehsil of Balochistan's Kech district...

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