• IISS Voices

    Difficult times ahead for Iraq, Vice President Allawi warns

    08 December 2017.  Politician says Trump's #Jerusalem announcement will be used by terrorist recruiters.

  • Expert Commentary

    The new Great Game in the Middle East

    04 December 2017.  Since the fall of Saddam Hussein in Iraq, Iran has become ever more powerful in the region. But now a new Saudi-led alliance is fighting back. Are we heading for a catastrophe?

  • Events

    Turkey’s perspective on the Middle East: is there light at the end of the tunnel?

    27 November 2017. 

    Monday 27 November, 5–6pm GMT
    Arundel House, London
    Speaker:
    Binali Yıldırım, Prime Minister of Turkey

  • Events

    Al-Qaeda since 9/11 and its rivalry with the Islamic State

    15 November 2017. 

    Wednesday 15 November, 12.30–2pm GMT
    Arundel House, London
    Speakers:
    Cathy Scott-Clark, award-winning writer and documentary producer
    Adrian Levy, award-winning writer and documentary producer
    Chair:
    Nelly Lahoud, Senior Fellow for Political Islamism, IISS

  • Strategic Comments

    The repercussions of the Iraqi Kurdistan independence referendum

    09 November 2017. 

    Iraqi Kurdistan President Masoud Barzani appears to have overreached in holding a referendum on independence, although almost 93% voted for it. Major powers support Iraq's territorial integrity. The Iraqi government has asserted military control over the region with Iran's help. Facing political and economic isolation, the Kurdistan Regional Government's authority and cohesion has been weakened. Barzani's futility has likely hardened the Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK)'s position in Turkey and increased its regional freedom of action.

  • Politics and Strategy

    How will the Islamic State endure?

    31 October 2017.  The credibility of the Islamic State may be undermined, but the security threat it poses should not be underestimated.

  • Events

    Endgame: prospects for stabilisation in Iraq & Syria

    26 October 2017. 

    Thursday 26 October, 10–11am EDT
    IISS–Americas, Washington DC
    Speakers:
    Linda Robinson, Senior International and Defense Researcher, RAND Corporation
    Dr Denise Natali, Distinguished Research Fellow, Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University
    Chair:
    Mark Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, IISS–Americas

  • IISS Voices

    Loss of Kirkuk undermines Kurdish independence claims

    26 October 2017.  Withdrawal has weakened the standing of the Kurdistan Regional Government - and President Masoud Barzani.

  • Events

    The role of the judiciary in post-ISIS Iraq: a conversation with Chief Justice Faiq Zaidan

    05 October 2017. 

    Thursday 5 October, 4–5pm BST
    Arundel House, London
    Speaker:
    His Excellency Faiq Zaidan, Chief Justice and Head of the Supreme Judicial Council, Iraq
    Chair:
    Dr Toby Dodge, Consulting Senior Fellow for the Middle East, IISS; Director, Middle East Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science

  • IISS Voices

    Conflict and transformation in the Levant

    05 October 2017.  The Syrian conflict has radically changed the strategic landscape in the Levant. As the Islamic State collapses, old fault lines are widening and new ones emerging.

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