• 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) 
    Iraq 
    Israel–Palestine 
    Lebanon–Hizbullah–Syria 
    Libya 
    Mali (The Sahel) 
    Syria 
    Turkey (PKK) 
    Yemen 

  • 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...

  • Expert Commentary

    Washington Post: Could a UN-brokered pact save Libya?

    22 January 2015.  By Ben Fishman, Consulting Senior Fellow for the Middle East and North Africa, IISS.  Libya has spent the past months moving from one disappointment to the next. Rival militias pound each other fruitlessly at the expense of the population. An oil-rich country with a small population is beset by continual power outages, unending school closures and hospital shortages. Ports, oil terminals and even the country’s main airports have become collateral damage in the...

  • Events

    Eliminating Chemical Weapons

    15 January 2015. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Peter Sawczak
    Head, Government Relations and Political Affairs Branch, 
    Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
    Ambassador Shimon Stein
    Analyst; Former Israeli Diplomat
    Nomi Bar-Yaacov
    Associate Fellow, Chatham House;
    Foreign Policy Adviser on Middle East Affairs
    Arundel House, London
    Thursday, 15 January 2014

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