• Military Balance Blog

    Dispute in the Gulf: potential defence implications

    17 July 2017.  It’s a key hub for US and other Western regional air operations and a growing prospect for defence sales, but, as James Hackett explains, it also has a central role to play in improving regional military capabilities. Chief among these is the development of collective missile-defence architectures that could more effectively guard against a potential threat from Iran’s ballistic missile arsenal.

  • Strategic Comments

    Trump’s erratic Middle East policy

    12 July 2017. 

    The Trump administration's Middle East policy has become impulsive and inconsistent, as with its intervention in Qatar's dispute with Saudi Arabia, other Gulf Cooperation Council members and Egypt. The United States is also leaning towards intensified confrontation with Iran – especially over Syria. In any case, the administration's policy is unlikely to lend needed stability to the region.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Rollback? Trump’s Iran claims not just flawed but dangerous

    05 July 2017.  Steven Simon argues that Trump’s view on Iran is not only analytically flawed, but also dangerous.

  • 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

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