• Politics and Strategy

    Critics are wrong: Iran remains in compliance with nuclear accord

    15 June 2017.  Mark Fitzpatrick calls for fair assessments of Iran’s nuclear activity, and argues that critics must consider context and perspective in their analyses.

  • IISS Voices

    Rouhani's Iran: between hardliners and Trump

    02 June 2017.  Hassan Rouhani was the clear winner of the Iranian presidential election - but he faces challenges at home and abroad.

  • Strategic Comments

    The battle for Mosul

    15 May 2017. 

    Iraqi government and allied forces are poised to decisively retake Mosul from the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, within the next few months. But the presence of ISIS in Syria will still pose the risk of the group's resurgence in Iraq until the Iraq–Syria border is secure and ISIS has been denied control of Raqqa, its Syrian base and self-declared capital.

  • IISS Voices

    IISS Cyber Report: 13 to 19 April

    20 April 2017.  Our weekly digest of the world's cyber security news.

  • Strategic Comments

    TLAMs in Syria

    12 April 2017. 

    The United States' Tomahawk cruise-missile strikes on the Syrian regime's Shayrat Air Base in retaliation for the regime's sarin attack are unlikely to advance peace in Syria. The regime and its main supporters, Russia and Iran, remain defiant, and the Trump administration appears inclined to frame the strikes as a relatively narrow deterrent against chemical weapons attacks and keep counter-terrorism its main priority in Syria for now.

  • Events

    US policy towards Iran and the status of the Iran nuclear deal

    07 April 2017. 

    Corporate Breakfast
    Mark Fitzpatrick, Director, Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Policy Programme; Executive Director, IISS–Americas
    Arundel House, London
    Friday 7 April 2017, 8.30–9.30am BST

  • Events

    US policy in South Asia under the Trump administration

    06 April 2017. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Jack Gill, Associate Professor, Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA Center)
    Dr Gawdat Bahgat, Professor, NESA Center
    John Wood, Associate Professor, NESA Center
    Arundel House, London
    Thursday 6 April 2017, 12.30–1.30pm BST

  • Strategic Comments

    Shia militias in Iraq

    31 March 2017. 

    Shia militias, some backed by Iran, are now playing an essential role in ejecting the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, from Iraq. There remain stiff challenges associated with the militias' post-ISIS integration into the regular Iraqi security forces and potential availability for other more destabilising Iranian missions. Reining in the Iran-supported militias will be especially difficult.

  • Expert Commentary

    Russia and Iran's growing cooperation hints at a new Middle East

    27 March 2017.  The two countries favour different solutions to the Syria crisis. But this will not derail their relationship, argues IISS Research Fellow for Iran Clement Therme.

  • Survival

    Building on the Iran Nuclear Agreement

    20 March 2017.  The new constraints on, and monitoring of, Iran’s nuclear programme could be held as the gold standard for a strengthened non-proliferation regime.

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