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    A conversation with the Japanese representative to NATO, Ambassador Masafumi Ishii

    03 March 2017. 

    Discussion Meeting
    His Excellency Masafumi Ishii, Ambassador of Japan to Belgium; Representative of the Government of Japan to NATO
    Arundel House, London
    Friday 3 March 2017, 3.30–4.30pm GMT

  • Military Balance Blog

    NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence: reassurance and deterrence

    20 February 2017.  A new NATO force lacks the size and power to deter Russian attacks on its own. But it will boost the cohesion and combat-readiness of NATO allies.

  • Military Balance Blog

    A federated way ahead for NATO in an age of complexity

    15 February 2017.  NATO faces a set of security challenges that are unprecedented in their complexity and potentially increasing gravity, argues a new paper written by the IISS ahead of the Alliance’s March Transformation Seminar. Its calls for NATO to adopt a ‘persistent federated approach’ to its commitments and relationships both within the Alliance and among its members, so that it can benefit from the capabilities and expertise of member nations, and deliver...

  • The Military Balance

    Editor’s Introduction

    14 February 2017. 

    Amid a sense of surprise and, in many quarters, shock at the result of the US presidential election and the UK’s referendum to leave the EU, there was one constant in 2016 – that the global security environment remained as unremittingly bleak as before.

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 4: Europe

    14 February 2017.  Europe: Crises and instability: more of the same; Spending and personnel; New white paper defines Germany’s security and defence agenda; Germany steps up its cyber defence; NATO’s Warsaw Summit; EU defence debate at a turning point; Turkey – fallout from the coup attempt; Defence Economics; Macroeconomics; Defence spending and procurement; Defence industry and exports

    Nordic and Baltic Security: Institutional alignment; Finland and Sweden: future directions
    France: Operations; Major military reforms and programmes; Defence Economics; Major exports and industrial landscape
    United Kingdom: Operations and deployments; International activity; Implementation of SDSR 2015; Personnel; UK–EU defence relations after Brexit; Defence Economics; Macroeconomics; Defence spending and procurement; UK defence industry and exports

  • Events

    Media Launch: The Military Balance 2017

    14 February 2017. 

    Media Launch
    Dr John Chipman, Director-General and Chief Executive, IISS
    Arundel House, London
    Tuesday 14 February 2017, 9.30–10.30am GMT

  • Military Balance Blog

    Counting to two: analysing the NATO defence-spending target

    14 February 2017.  According to the latest edition of The Military Balance, only two member nations met NATO’s 2% defence-spending target in 2016, with the UK’s commitment notably dipping to 1.98%. Here, Lucie Béraud-Sudreau and Bastian Giegerich caution against setting too much store by the 2% figure when seeking to understand states’ defence capabilities and commitment to the transatlantic alliance.

  • The Military Balance

    The Military Balance 2017 Wall Chart: US Forces in Europe, 1989 and 2017

    03 February 2017.  The Military Balance 2017 includes a wall chart focused on ‘US forces in Europe in 1989 and 2017’.

  • Adelphi Books

    Everyone Loses: The Ukraine Crisis and the Ruinous Contest for Post-Soviet Eurasia

    12 January 2017. 

    With talk in world capitals of a new cold war, this Adelphi examines the roots of the Ukraine crisis, analysing Western and Russian policies in post-Soviet Eurasia since 1991, and providing an assessment of both Russia and the West’s actions post-2014.

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter Two: Contestation entrenched

    14 December 2016. 

    The Cold Peace began to unravel after the ‘colour revolutions’ of 2003–05. In 2004 came the ‘big bang’ enlargement of Euro-Atlantic institutions, and a few years later the five-day war between Russia and Georgia, after which the EU began to play a more active role in post-Soviet Eurasia.

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