• IISS Voices

    Braz Baracuhy: The BRICS New Development Bank: A Geo-economic Game-Changer

    24 July 2014.  By Braz Baracuhy, Consulting Senior Fellow for Geo-Economics and Strategy The sixth BRICS summit, held in Fortaleza, Brazil, on 15 July 2014, is a milestone for the bloc of emerging powers. After two years of technical consultations among finance officials, this meeting led to the establishment of the BRICS New Development Bank and a Contingent Reserve Arrangement (CRA). These innovations represent a geo-economic game-changer for the BRICS’ financial cooperation and its...

  • Military Balance Blog

    Douglas Barrie & Henry Boyd: Russian cruise missile goes off-range

    21 July 2014.  By Douglas Barrie, Senior for Fellow for Military Aerospace, and Henry Boyd, Research Associate for Defence and Military Analysis Recent imagery released as part of official coverage of Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu’s visit to the 26th Missile Brigade at Luga (around 135km south of St Petersburg) shows an Iskander (SS-26 Stone). The transporter-erector-launcher is seen with a launch container for a cruise missile, most likely from the Novator Design Bureau...

  • Military Balance Blog

    Joseph Dempsey: Pro-Russian separatist access to medium-range surface-to-air missiles

    18 July 2014.  By Joseph Dempsey, Research Analyst, Military Balance Online On 18 July 2014, in a White House statement on the crash in eastern Ukraine of Malaysian airlines flight MH17, US President Barack Obama stated what many already suspected. He said that the evidence indicated the aircraft was shot down by a surface-to-air missile launched from territory controlled by Russian-backed separatists inside Ukraine. Obama did not comment on the question of intent, rightly...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: Russia’s solidarity with the West in the Iran nuclear talks

    26 June 2014.  Amid ongoing tensions over Ukraine, it is worth noting that Russia continues to cooperate closely with the West over Iran. Far from using the Iran issue to retaliate against US and European sanctions, as Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov ill-advisedly warned it might in mid-March, Russia has helped bolster the US position on the most sensitive aspect of the Iran negotiations: demands for cutbacks in the centrifuge programme. The most interesting...

  • IISS Voices

    Nicholas Redman: Cutting off the gas supply to Ukraine

    17 June 2014.  By Nicholas Redman, Senior Fellow for Geopolitical Risk and Economic Security If there is a surprise in Gazprom halting gas supplies to Ukraine, it is that it has taken so long to actually happen. Relations between the two governments are fraught in the wake of the annexation of Crimea and the continuing ‘anti-terrorist’ operation that Kiev is conducting in Donetsk and Luhansk. In a situation where there is no goodwill between the...

  • Strategic Comments

    Ukraine: risks to economic stabilisation

    02 June 2014. 

    An agreement with the IMF offers sizeable external support and a path to transforming Ukraine's ailing economy and business climate. But it remains to be seen whether the country's new government will be willing and able to stick to the conditions of this far-reaching programme.

  • IISS Voices

    Samuel Charap: Ukraine's Festering Divisions

    02 June 2014.  In an op-ed for the New York Times, IISS Senior Fellow for Russia and Eurasia Samuel Charap discussed the potential impact of the recent Ukrainian elections on Western involvement in the country's politics:  As the polls closed during last month’s snap presidential elections in Ukraine, violence broke out in the east of the country. Insurgents took over Donetsk airport and the government responded with airstrikes. Eastern Ukraine has become a breeding ground...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Jeffrey Mazo: Sanctions and space flight

    02 June 2014.  At around 20:00 GMT on Wednesday, 28 May, a Russian Soyuz spacecraft launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to deliver three crewmen – a Russian, a German and an American – to the International Space Station (ISS). About 24 hours later, US company SpaceX unveiled the manned version of its commercial Dragon spacecraft, designed to ferry astronauts to the ISS and its planned successors. The unmanned version of Dragon has...

  • Shangri-La Voices

    Douglas Barrie: Beijing and Moscow move toward further Flanker deal

    01 June 2014.  By Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace  Russia and China have deepened relations of late. A multi-year, multi-billion dollar natural gas deal and notional collaboration on a wide-body commercial aircraft were amongst agreements signalled during last month's meeting between President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping. However, the pending purchase of the Sukhoi Su-35S multi-role fighter may take until the fourth quarter of this year to conclude. A...

  • Shangri-La Dialogue

    Major Power Perspectives on Peace and Security in the Asia-Pacific: Anatoly Antonov, Deputy Minister of Defence, Russia

    01 June 2014. 

    Shangri-La Dialogue 2014 Fourth Plenary Session
    Anatoly Antonov, Deputy Minister of Defence, Russia

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