• Events

    Pakistan’s relations with the US in a changing world

    16 November 2017. 

    Thursday 16 November, 6–7.30pm EST
    One Grand Central Place, New York
    Speakers:
    Her Excellency Maleeha Lodhi, Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations
    Ambassador Robin Raphel, former United States diplomat
    Chair:
    Rick Grove, President, US Friends of the IISS

  • South Asia Conferences

    IISS–NESA South Asia Security Conference 2017

    25 October 2017. 

    11th ‘Track 1.5’ South Asia Security Conference
    Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa, Muscat, Oman
    13–15 October 2017

  • Events

    The new US strategy on Afghanistan and South Asia: challenges and prospects

    18 October 2017. 

    Wednesday 18 October, 12.30–2pm BST
    Arundel House, London
    Speakers:
    Dr Roger Kangas Academic Dean, Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies
    John Wood, Associate Professor, NESA
    Jack Gill, Adjunct Professor, NESA
    Antoine Levesques, Research Associate for South Asia, IISS
    Chair:
    Rahul Roy-Chaudhury, Senior Fellow for South Asia, IISS

  • Strategic Comments

    America’s Indian Ocean strategy

    11 October 2017.  A combination of structural and policy impediments will tend to keep the Indian Ocean region fragmented in the US policy lens. The United States is likely to use the region as a staging area for counter-terrorism efforts in and around the Persian Gulf, and as a secondary theatre in the deepening strategic competition with China. Increasing tension with Iran could also sharpen US focus on the northwest corner of the region.

  • Strategic Comments

    US Afghanistan policy: regional aspects

    05 October 2017. 

    US President Donald Trump's new ‘Afghanistan and South Asia’ policy identifies Pakistan and India as key players but ignores or minimises other influential regional actors with vested interests in Afghanistan, including China, Russia, Iran and Saudi Arabia. Unless the US better integrates their interests, any regional approach to Afghanistan's stability and security is unlikely to succeed.

  • Strategic Comments

    The Trump administration’s Afghanistan policy

    28 September 2017. 

    In addition to reducing terrorist threats, US President Donald Trump's new Afghanistan policy seeks to roll back the Taliban on the battlefield and pressure the group into an acceptable political settlement with far fewer US troops than Barack Obama deployed. Trump has also proposed involving India more closely in Afghanistan's economic development, which stands to antagonise Pakistan, the Taliban's key backer. In this light, it appears unlikely that the new policy will succeed.

  • IISS Voices

    India counters China in the Indian Ocean

    25 August 2017.  Across South Asia, India and China are competing to expand their respective maritime influences in the Indian Ocean. In view of ongoing border disputes, New Delhi could well resume quadrilateral naval exercises with the US, Japan and Australia, says Rahul Roy-Chaudhury.

  • IISS Voices

    Resignation of PM Sharif: fresh blow to India–Pakistan strategic stability?

    08 August 2017.  Cracks in India and Pakistan’s relationship continue to grow, with no sign of meaningful dialogue between the nations. The sudden departure of Pakistan’s prime minister brings new worries. Yet neither country can afford to neglect strategic stability in the coming months. Institutions on both sides of the border must continue to communicate, directly or otherwise.

  • Events

    A Conversation with His Excellency Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry

    26 July 2017. 

    His Excellency Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to the United States
    Chaired by Mark Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, IISS–Americas
    IISS–Americas, Washington DC

  • Military Balance Blog

    Asian defence-procurement trends: action–reaction cycle of submarine and ASW acquisitions

    06 June 2017.  Despite slower growth in defence budgets this year, Asian armed forces began to reap the benefits of past investments and continued to move forward with major equipment acquisitions. This was notably the case for submarine platforms.

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