• Survival

    The Decline and Fall of the Arab State

    21 March 2016. 

    The malaise of Arab states was triggered by domestic battles, but made possible by global changes in the nature of sovereignty.

  • Events

    Adelphi Launch - Egypt After the Spring: Revolt and Reaction

    02 March 2016. 

    Book Launch
    Michael Hanna, Senior Fellow, Century Foundation
    Hebatalla Taha, Research Analyst, IISS
    Arundel House, London
    Wednesday 2 March, 12.30-1.30pm

  • Strategic Comments

    Confronting failed government and the Islamic State in Libya

    25 February 2016. 

    The Islamic State has taken advantage of the chaos of 20 months of war in Libya to build a series of bases in the country, expanding its territory and now threatening the country’s oil ports. The United States and its allies now face hard decisions about how to confront the militant group.

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 7: Middle East and North Africa

    09 February 2016.  Regional states deploy amid worsening security; Worries about Iran; Reforming Iraq’s army; The war against ISIS; ISIS in combat; The US-led coalition against ISIS; War in Syria: towards year five; Regime acknowledges personnel shortage; Other actors
    Yemen: GCC military operations; UAE forces; GCC defence cooperation
    Regional Defence Economics; Macroeconomics; Defence spending; Procurement; Combat aviation, air and missile defence; Land systems and airlift; Surface vessels and coastal-patrol assets

  • Events

    North Africa in Transition

    20 January 2016. 

    IISS–Americas Book Launch
    Ben Fishman, Editor, North Africa in Transition
    Haim Malka, Contributing Author, North Africa in Transition; Middle East Program Deputy Director and Senior Fellow, CSIS
    John Desrocher, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Egypt and Maghreb Affairs
    Chair: Mark Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, IISS–Americas
    IISS–Americas, Washington DC
    Wednesday 20 January 2016, 2pm-3pm EST

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter 7: A revolution without a revolutionary foreign policy

    12 January 2016. 

    Gamal Hassan explains the remarkable stability of Egypt’s foreign policy during a period of upheaval, and traces its fundamental drivers back to a consensus built during the Mubarak era. He contends that despite fears of a potential realignment, Egyptian foreign policy continues to fall back on positions that Mubarak established.

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter 9: The Egyptian economy

    12 January 2016. 

    Mohamed El Dahshan analyses Egypt’s difficult economic conditions. He notes that, despite a popular desire for reform, every government since 2011 has avoided hard decisions, and bowed to political expediency rather than pursuing a strategic vision. Although the Sisi-led government’s apparent economic dynamism appears to have been well received, El Dahshan finds that government policies remain flawed and unlikely to reverse the effects of five years of stagnation.

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter 8: Militarisation and security challenges in Egypt

    12 January 2016. 

    Hebatalla Taha examines Egypt’s security challenges and argues that the state response is designed to bolster Sisi’s strategy of consolidation, rather than provide holistic approaches to complex problems. She argues that continuous and escalating militarisation has exacerbated the insurgencies plaguing Egypt.

  • Adelphi Books


    12 January 2016. 

    This Adelphi volume attempts to make sense of the changing dynamics, shed light on the period between 2011 and 2015 and determine the factors that will shape Egypt’s trajectory under Sisi. It provides a rigorous and comprehensive assessment of every aspect of contemporary politics and policy, insights about the workings of society and government, and indications about what lies ahead for the country.

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter 6: Civil society

    12 January 2016. 

    H.A. Hellyer looks at the role of civil-society groups in Egypt's political transformation, and their often painful adjustment to less-than-satisfactory outcomes. He details the role of the media, youth groups, labour unions and non-governmental organisations, as they have struggled to overcome yet another wave of marginalisation.

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