• Strategic Comments

    Libya’s fragmented conflict resists solutions

    30 September 2015. 

    There are no clear solutions to Libya’s civil war. While there are notionally two sides to the conflict, each is made up of a multitude of militias and factions with ever-changing internal dynamics.

  • Expert Commentary

    The National Interest: Tunisia Needs to Do More to Fight Terrorism

    14 July 2015.  By Benjamin Fishman, Consulting Senior Fellow for the Middle East and North Africa The June 26 resort massacre in Tunisia that resulted in thirty-eight deaths revealed that the only Arab democracy is woefully underprepared to take on the brutality of the Islamic State. Like the March attack at Tunis’ Bardo museum, the beach and hotel had very limited security and the response times of police were insufficient to prevent dozens of...

  • IISS Voices

    Hebatalla Taha: ‘Sinai Province’s’ incursion into Sheikh Zuweid town

    09 July 2015.  Sinai Province launched a coordinated attack against the Egyptian army in al-Arish and Sheikh Zuweid in North Sinai on 1 July. The attack showed that the intensified security presence has failed to deter the group. As the military continues to escalate its operations in North Sinai, civilians fear that they will bear the brunt of the response.

  • IISS Voices

    Hebatalla Taha: Insecurity in the Sinai Peninsula

    19 May 2015.  Posing grave security challenges for the Sisi-led government, North Sinai has been the site of escalating security operations for several months. Armed groups have expanded their capacity and despite the state’s efforts to contain it, the chronic insecurity of North Sinai has spilled over to the rest of the country. 

  • Expert Commentary

    Foreign Affairs: Who Lost Libya?

    21 April 2015.  Obama’s Intervention in Retrospect Foreign Affairs May/June 2015

  • Armed Conflict Survey

    Chapter 3: Middle East

    14 April 2015.  Egypt (Sinai) 
    Mali (The Sahel) 
    Turkey (PKK) 

  • Expert Commentary

    RFI: Egyptian air strikes could threaten Libya talks - Expert

    19 February 2015.  RFI  interview with Benjamin Fishman, Consulting Senior Fellow for the Middle East and North Africa

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 7: Middle East

    18 February 2015.  The Syrian war; ISIS: tactics, emergence and advance
    Libya: continuing instability: Defence economics
    Israel: changing security dynamics: Another war in Gaza
    United Arab Emirates: Defence-policy developments; Platforms and forces; International defence cooperation; Defence economics

  • Strategic Comments

    Libya’s civil war: the essential briefing

    10 February 2015. 

    Libya has been in a state of civil war since July 2014. Here, IISS Strategic Comments attempts to make sense of the politics, the conflict and the economics – and potential future scenarios.

  • Expert Commentary

    BBC: UK ambassador - Gulf crisis 'could last 10-15 years'

    05 February 2015.  BBC Interview with Sir John Jenkins, Executive Director, IISS-Middle East The crisis in the Gulf provoked by Islamic State could last for 10 to 15 years, says Sir John Jenkins, Britain's former ambassador to Saudi Arabia. Sir John, who left the Foreign Office last week, said it was probably the worst crisis in the area since WWII. Over his 35-year career Sir John served in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Israel. He said countries in the...

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