• Politics and Strategy

    Ben Fishman: The nine lives of Ali Zeidan – will he get a tenth?

    10 October 2013.  Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan is a proven survivor. He fled Muammar Gadhafi’s Libya and lived for years in exile under the shadow of Libya’s exported terrorism. Since becoming prime minister in November, Zeidan has dodged one crisis after another. When militia groups descended on Tripoli in May, besieged government ministries and compelled the General National Congress (GNC) to pass a political isolation law, the GNC president stepped down but...

  • Events

    The Muslim Brotherhood and the Arab Spring

    10 September 2013. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Dr Abdul Mawgoud Dardery, Foreign Affairs Spokesman, Freedom and Justice Party, Egypt
    Professor Madawi Al-Rasheed, Visiting Professor, Middle East Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science
    Dr Thomas Pierret, Lecturer, Contemporary Islam, University of Edinburgh
    Dr Omar Ashour, Senior Lecturer, University of Exeter
    Arundel House, London
    Tuesday 10 September 2013

  • The Syria Conflict

    The Muslim Brotherhood and the Arab Spring

    10 September 2013. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Dr Abdul Mawgoud Dardery, Foreign Affairs Spokesman, Freedom and Justice Party, Egypt
    Professor Madawi Al-Rasheed, Visiting Professor, Middle East Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science
    Dr Thomas Pierret, Lecturer, Contemporary Islam, University of Edinburgh
    Dr Omar Ashour, Senior Lecturer, University of Exeter
    Arundel House, London
    Tuesday 10 September 2013

  • Strategic Comments

    Libya: fragile security, fragmented politics

    27 March 2013.  A year and a half after the fall of Muammar Gadhafi, militia violence continues to plague Libya and the economy is in a moribund state. The country's development prospects are being thwarted by the fragmented nature of its government, which lacks constitutional legitimacy.

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 7: Middle East and North Africa

    14 March 2013.  Civil-military relations after the Arab Spring

    Transitions without conflict: Tunisia and Egypt
    The other side of the coin: autocratic response
    Awaiting meaningful reform
    Regional macroeconomics
    Defence spending
    Iran: defence-industrial developments; Iran's missiles sector; defence organisations; The Revolutionary Guard Corps; budgeting; the Artesh; naval reorganisation; IRGCN operational doctrine; IRGCN's acquisition and capabilities; IRIN missions and capabilities; ambitious deployments and resources.
    Israel: defence policy; Iran; changing IDF border deployments; will the home front become the front line?; defence economics.
    Saudi Arabia: ministry developments; regional concerns; procurement; defence economics; defence spending; defence offsets.

  • IISS Voices

    Francois Heisbourg: The union at Europe's heart is frayed

    23 January 2013.  By Francois Heisbourg, IISS chairman Today is the fiftieth anniversary of the Elysee Treaty – the document signed by Paris and Berlin in an attempt to turn two hostile neighbours and rivals into allies, and to ultimately lay the groundwork for the European Union. As IISS Chairman Francois Heisbourg points out in the Financial Times, it comes at a time of strain in the Franco-German partnership. France’s Le Monde newspaper has already...

  • Survival

    Libya’s Lessons: The Air Campaign

    01 December 2012.  Air power proved decisive in the Libya intervention, but success was not inevitable. The use of air power to support local boots on the ground should not be the default model for future interventions.

  • Survival

    Libya and the Future of Liberal Intervention

    01 December 2012.  If Iraq and Afghanistan were instructive lessons in the limits of military intervention, Libya demonstrates what intervention, given the right conditions and limited objectives, may accomplish.

  • Strategic Comments

    Benghazi attack throws Libya gains into question

    16 October 2012.  The 11 September attack on a US diplomatic outpost in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, which killed US Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, has undermined optimistic views of the country's progress since Muammar Gadhafi was ousted in 2011 and raised questions about the Libyan authorities' control over the country just as its first elected government was being formed.

  • IISS Voices

    What Libya tells us

    15 October 2012.  In a new blog post over at RAND, Christopher S. Chivvis gives readers a taste of an article on Libya that he’s written for the IISS journal Survival: Global Politics and Strategy. Although the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi in September raised fresh doubts about NATO’s military intervention in Libya, Chivvis argues that nothing has changed the fact that, in toppling Muammar Gadhafi, last year’s intervention opened the door to...

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