• Events

    Western Defence Reassurances to Gulf Arabs After the Iran Deal: Are We on the Same Page?

    21 April 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Ellen Laipson, Distinguished Fellow and President Emeritus, Stimson Center
    Michael Eisenstadt, Military and Security Studies Program Director, The Washington Institute
    Caroline Hurndall MBE, Head of Middle East Team, British Embassy Washington
    Bilal Saab, Resident Senior Fellow for Middle East Security, Atlantic Council
    IISS–Americas, Washington DC
    Thursday 21 April 2016, 10–11.30AM EDT

  • Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: Overcoming hurdles in implementing the Iran nuclear deal

    20 April 2016.  Nine months after the nuclear deal with Iran was struck, last July, and three months after it went into force, in January, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is proving its worth. Iran is keeping to the agreed limits on its uranium enrichment and other nuclear technologies, in exchange for which it is benefiting from sanctions relief. Both Iran and its Western antagonists blame the other side, however, for...

  • 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

  • Events

    Syria: Between Escalation and Diplomacy

    23 March 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Emile Hokayem, Senior Fellow for Middle East Security, IISS–Middle East
    IISS–Middle East, Manama
    Wednesday 23 March, 5–6pm AST

  • Events

    Syria: Between Escalation and Diplomacy

    03 March 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Emile Hokayem, Senior Fellow for Middle East Security, IISS–Middle East
    Arundel House, London
    Thursday 3 March 2016, 09.30-10.30am GMT

  • Events

    The Saudi-Iran Competition in the Middle East

    03 March 2016. 

    Corporate Breakfast
    Emile Hokayem
    Senior Fellow for Middle East Security, IISS
    Arundel House, London
    Thursday 3 March, 8-9am

  • Military Balance Blog

    Military Balance Recap: Middle Eastern defence-spending increases

    03 March 2016.  At the launch of The Military Balance 2016 on 9 February, Giri Rajendran, IISS Research Associate for Defence Economics, talks about defence-spending levels in Middle Eastern countries. ‘The Middle East is getting harder and harder to assess,’ he says. It’s already an opaque region and it’s getting more so. From 2011 onwards till 2014 spending was increasing; in 2015 it’s decelerated quite considerably. However, a lot of countries have considerable sovereign...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: Iranian election results spark cautious hope

    01 March 2016.  Elections were held on Friday that fanned hopes for the reform of two stigmatised regimes. The one of perhaps the most global interest concerned scandal-plagued FIFA. To the surprise of many observers, Gianni Infantino was selected as president to replace the suspended Sepp Blatter. Infantino promised change, but many FIFA fans are to see deeds that back up his words. More significant elections took place in Iran for that country’s 290-member...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: Encouraging Arab detente with Iran

    25 February 2016.  At an IISS–Americas event jointly organised and hosted by the US–UAE Business Council on 24 February, I argued that the economic benefits to Iran from the accord over its nuclear programme will, over time, make it a less hostile nation. As I have previously written, the desire for sanctions relief as soon as possible incentivised Iran to carry out its initial requirements under the nuclear deal, termed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of...

  • IISS Voices

    Alexander Neill: Xi makes economic inroads in Middle East

    22 January 2016.  As China seeks to gain greater economic leverage in the Middle East it may find itself drawn into the region's security problems, despite Beijing's long-held policy of non-alignment, says Alexander Neill.

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