• Military Balance Blog

    Douglas Barrie: Book Review - Brothers Armed: Military Aspects of the Crisis in Ukraine

    30 October 2014.  East View Press, October 2014; by Vasiliy Kashin, Sergey Denisentsev, et al; foreword by David M. Glantz; edited by Colby Howard and Ruslan Pukhov

  • Politics and Strategy

    Christian Le Miere: The hunt for historical relevance in Sweden’s waters

    27 October 2014.  On 24 October, a week-long submarine hunt in Swedish waters ended, seemingly unsuccessfully. The operation was dubbed ‘The Hunt for Reds in October’ by international media. This light-hearted moniker may be inaccurate (are we even allowed to call Russians ‘Reds’ anymore?) and presumptuous (given that the national origin of the submarine is still unconfirmed), but is nonetheless useful as a signifier of earlier incidents in the Nordic countries. The most famous...

  • IISS Voices

    John Drennan: The new landscape of European security

    16 October 2014.  By John Drennan, Research Assistant, Russia and Eurasia Programme NATO is entering its fifth phase as it assesses its role post-Afghanistan, according to Derek Chollet, US Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs. This new phase focuses on issues much closer to home, as the Alliance works together to fight against the threat of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) and faces the crisis in Ukraine.  Speaking at...

  • Strategic Comments

    Ukraine’s election: springboard for change?

    13 October 2014. 

    Elections to Ukraine's parliament should result in a new government that reflects the political changes that have occurred in the country since late 2013. But if it is not able to implement long-overdue institutional reforms, there is a substantial risk of another political crisis in the next few years.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Chi Kong Chyong and Pierre Noël: Ukraine’s energy brinkmanship

    10 October 2014.  In the fog of its foreign-policy confrontation with Russia over Ukraine, the European Union seems unable to see its energy-security interests clearly or to act accordingly. Kiev has used the international crisis triggered by Russia’s actions in Crimea and eastern Ukraine to restructure the contracts with Moscow it signed in 2009. It wants a much lower price for its gas imports and the ability to swap gas with Gazprom’s clients in...

  • IISS Voices

    Douglas Barrie: US arms control policy in the face of a resurgent Russia

    08 October 2014.  By Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace Russia's behaviour over Ukraine has called into question the assumptions underpinning the US's approach to strategic deterrence that have been in place since the end of the Cold War, according to Elbridge Colby, the Robert M. Gates Fellow at the Center for a New American Security. Speaking at the IISS on 6 October, on the subject of ‘US Arms Control Policy and...

  • Events

    The New Landscape of European Security

    08 October 2014. 

    IISS-US Policy Makers Series
    Derek Chollet
    Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs,
    US Department of Defense
    IISS-US, Washington DC
    Wednesday 8 October 2014

  • Expert Commentary

    Sam Charap: How to Avoid a New Cold War

    07 October 2014.  Lecture by Samuel Charap, Senior Fellow for Russia and Eurasia, IISS, at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), John Hopkins University on 30 September 2014, as part of the IISS-SAIS European and Eurasian Studies Fall lecture series.

  • Events

    US Arms Control Policy and Strategic Posture in the Face of a Resurgent Russia

    06 October 2014. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Elbridge Colby
    Robert M. Gates Fellow, Center for a New American Security
    Arundel House, London
    Monday 06 October 2014

  • IISS Voices

    John Drennan: Poroshenko and the limits of US assistance

    30 September 2014.  By John Drennan, Research Assistant and Programme Officer, Russia and Eurasia Programme On 18 September, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko delivered a heartfelt speech to a joint session of the US Congress, imploring the United States to begin providing lethal aid to the Ukrainian military. The insurgency in eastern Ukraine, bolstered by alleged Russian support, is still killing his soldiers despite the ceasefire now in place. While Poroshenko landed in Washington hopeful...

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