• Expert Commentary

    Can General McMaster stabilise Trump's foreign policy team?

    22 February 2017.  The new national security adviser's steady approach may rile the hot heads in President Trump’s inner circle.

  • Expert Commentary

    Trump and the Holy Land

    15 February 2017.  The new US president says he would love to broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Can the man behind ‘the art of the deal’ bring hope after years of missed opportunities?

  • The Military Balance

    Additional content

    14 February 2017. 

    Additional content not available in the printed edition:
    Afghanistan
    Central Asia
    Iran
    Israel

  • IISS Voices

    The Islamic Republic after Rafsanjani

    12 January 2017.  As a force for pragmatism over ideology, Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani’s absence from Iranian politics is likely to be keenly felt by the country’s moderate voices. As Clément Therme explains, the demise of the former president and key architect of the Islamic Republic throws debates about Iran’s future into sharp relief.

  • Manama Voices

    The new Russian–Iranian entente in the Middle East

    22 December 2016.  Western commentators have portrayed a growing partnership between Russia and Iran as the main threat to Western security in the Middle East. Here, Clément Therme explains why the relationship is important for the future of the region, but points out that it is in fact based on pragmatism. The two sides are most united in what they do not want, rather than by a shared ideological vision.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Regime change for Iran?

    21 December 2016.  Iran's behaviour on a number of fronts is unpalatable to the United States. But a policy of regime change is not the answer.

  • 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

    The US has not violated the nuclear deal – and neither has Iran

    06 December 2016.  A recent vote in the US Congress to extend the Iran Sanctions Act was met with fury in Tehran, which suggested that it contravened the terms of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. Iran, meanwhile, has been subject to misleading claims that it too is in breach of the terms of the deal. Here, Mark Fitzpatrick warns that to entertain such false claims about the Iran nuclear deal is to...

  • Events

    Missile-Defence Cooperation in the Gulf

    01 December 2016. 

    Dossier launch
    Michael Elleman, Consulting Senior Fellow for Missile Defence, IISS
    Professor Toby Dodge, Consulting Senior Fellow for The Middle East, IISS; Director, Middle East Centre, London School of Economics
    Arundel House, London
    Thursday 1 December 2016, 5.30–6.30pm

  • Events

    Missile-Defence Cooperation in The Gulf

    22 November 2016. 

    IISS Manama Dialogue Discourse Series
    Michael Elleman, Consulting Senior Fellow for Missile Defence, IISS
    Professor Toby Dodge, Consulting Senior Fellow for the Middle East, IISS; Director, Middle East Centre, London School of Economics
    IISS–Americas, Washington DC
    Tuesday 22 November 2016, 10–11AM EST

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