• Politics and Strategy

    Jeffrey Mazo: Noise and Signal in Climate Science

    18 December 2014.  The last week or so has been a busy one for watchers of climate change and climate politics. On Monday I weighed in on the UN summit in Lima. But three other stories also drew my attention: new data on Arctic ice loss; 2014’s record temperatures and the end of the ‘pause’, and Denmark’s ‘claim’ to the North Pole. For all three, there is less than meets the eye, but...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Dana H. Allin: Reason, Finally, on Cuba

    17 December 2014.  When news broke today on the Obama administration’s breakthrough of diplomatic relations with Cuba, I thought back to the Survival article by Linda Robinson advocating these steps. What I didn’t quite remember was that this article was published more than 14 years ago. That’s a long time, but only a fraction of the time that America’s embargo and policies of isolation against its neighbor have been a stunning and manifest failure. It...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Jeffrey Mazo: UN Climate Summit in Lima - The Road to Paris

    15 December 2014.  In the early-morning hours on Sunday, two days past the scheduled deadline, negotiators at the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, agreed a ‘Lima Call for Climate Action’. The decision ran to 22 paragraphs over four pages, outlining the ‘ground rules’ for national emissions-reduction pledges in the run-up to adopting a comprehensive global agreement at the December 2015 climate summit in Paris. Appended to the document were 39-pages of...

  • Strategic Comments

    Illegal mining strengthens criminal groups in Latin America

    12 November 2014. 

    Governments across Latin America are enhancing their efforts to tackle the lucrative business of illegal mining. They are seeking to bring small-scale miners into the formal economy and to regulate their operations, while simultaneously shutting down operations run by criminal groups.

  • IISS Voices

    John Chipman: IISS Cartagena Dialogue - The Trans-Pacific Summit

    06 November 2014.  By Dr John Chipman, Director-General and Chief Executive of the IISS The IISS is delighted to launch a new international ‘Dialogue’ following in the footsteps of the successful Shangri-La Dialogue (Singapore) and Manama Dialogue (Bahrain). The inaugural ‘IISS Cartagena Dialogue: The Trans-Pacific Summit’ will convene from 6–8 March in Cartagena, Colombia. The summit enjoys the full support of the government of Colombia. A number of businesses have also confirmed sponsorship of...

  • News

    Mexico disappearances expose corruption undermining anti-drugs fight

    05 November 2014.  The disappearance of 43 student teachers in the town of Iguala proves that, having restructured federal security agencies in its war against drug cartels, Mexico must now reform local agencies and police

  • IISS Voices

    Antonio Sampaio: Mexico disappearances expose corruption undermining anti-drugs fight

    05 November 2014.  The disappearance of 43 student teachers in the town of Iguala proves that, having restructured federal security agencies in its war against drug cartels, Mexico must now reform local agencies and police

  • Events

    Brazil’s Political Landscape: New Demands, New Actors

    21 October 2014. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Marcus Freitas 
    Professor of International Law and International Relations,
    Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado (FAAP), Brazil 
    Dr Anthony Pereira
    Director of the Brazil Institute, King’s College London
    Arundel House, London
    Tuesday 21 October 2014

  • Expert Commentary

    Reforma: Ven frustración en destrozos en Guerrero

    16 October 2014.  Reforma interview with Antônio Sampaio, Research Analyst for Security and Development La radicalizaron de las protestas contra el Gobierno de Ángel Aguirre Rivero reflejan la frustración de una sociedad cansada por el abandono institucional en materia de seguridad y desarrollo, afirmó el Instituto Internacional de Estudios Estratégicos (IISS, por sus siglas en inglés) de Londres. "Las manifestaciones son una muestra de la gran insatisfacción hacia el Gobierno local y los vacíos democráticos que no...

  • IISS Voices

    Antonio Sampaio: Despite Rousseff win, desire for change remains strong in Brazil

    06 October 2014.  By Antonio Sampaio, Research Analyst for Security and Development During this presidential campaign, Brazilian voters have witnessed a fight for the post of banner-man or -woman of a wealthier, connected and activist middle class. This socio-economic sector of the population, which has grown by almost 40 million people over the past 12 years or so, has been calling for structural changes to a massive emerging country where economic growth has slowed...

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