• 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.

  • Survival

    Iran’s Revolutionary Guards: Readying Strength

    20 March 2017.  The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps is a state sponsor of terrorism, economic juggernaut, internal security service, expeditionary force and key political actor.

  • Survival

    An Order of Priorities in Confronting Iran

    20 March 2017.  It is far better to implement an incomplete but effective nuclear agreement than to scrap it, hoping to achieve the best outcome while ending up with the worst.

  • Expert Commentary

    The real problem with a Nuclear Ban Treaty

    15 March 2017.  A world without nuclear weapons is a noble long-term goal and one hesitates to get in the way of those trying to reach it, says Matthew Harries. However, he argues, it is best to be blunt – a Nuclear Ban Treaty will not reduce the role of nuclear weapons in the international system.

  • Expert Commentary

    Nuclear weapons: the risks ahead

    08 March 2017.  Mark Fitzpatrick assesses North Korea's nuclear threat – and whether Pakistan's nuclear arsenal could fall into the hands of terrorists.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Iran’s missile balancing act

    01 March 2017.  Tehran’s January ballistic-missile test has provoked considerable comment, but other recent weapon developments are also noteworthy, notes Douglas Barrie.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Don’t apply new Iran sanctions before prioritising the problems

    28 February 2017.  Concerned states should prioritise their objectives when considering further sanctions against Iran, Mark Fitzpatrick advises.

  • 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.

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