• Survival

    China–Russia Relations and the Inertia of History

    20 May 2016. 

    Though there are many arguments against it, the possibility of an anti-Western, China–Russia alliance has re-emerged with new urgency.

  • Expert Commentary

    Foreign Affairs: Russia's Nuclear Ambitions in the Middle East

    20 May 2016.  By Matthew Cottee, Research Associate, Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Policy, and Hassan Elbahtimy A few years ago, the Middle East’s nuclear energy prospects were in decline. Political instability made long-term investments in civil nuclear infrastructure risky. For one, Egypt was in the last stages of considering reactor bids when the popular uprising began in 2011. These plans were soon shelved by subsequent transitional governments. And the 2011 Fukushima Daichii meltdown in Japan...

  • Strategic Comments

    The last Nuclear Security Summit

    18 May 2016. 

    The fourth and final Nuclear Security Summit in Washington DC marked the culmination of a seven-year process of improving the security of nuclear and radioactive materials that terrorists might seek to target or acquire. While progress was made in enlisting some governments to take voluntary measures, additional work is needed to engage more parties and secure more materials. It will probably take another bold initiative from the next US administration to set this in motion.

  • Events

    The Inaugural IISS Robert F. Ellsworth Lecture

    09 May 2016. 

    Robert F. Ellsworth Lecture
    William J. Fallon, Admiral, US Navy (Retired)
    Dacor Bacon House, Washington DC
    Monday 9 May 2016, 5.30pm

  • Armed Conflict Survey

    Chapter 7: Europe and Eurasia

    05 May 2016. 

    Armenia–Azerbaijan (Nagorno-Karabakh)
    Central Asia
    Russia (North Caucasus)
    Ukraine

  • Events

    A Conversation with His Excellency Kåre R. Aas

    29 April 2016. 

    IISS–Americas Ambassadors' Forum
    His Excellency Kåre R. Aas, Ambassador of Norway to the United States
    IISS–Americas, Washington DC
    Friday 29 April 2016, 8.30–9.30AM EDT

  • IISS Voices

    Jonathan Stevenson: Ratcheting up US military involvement in Syria and Iraq

    21 April 2016.  The US Defense Department has announced increases in the number of special-operations forces to be deployed in Syria, and enhancements to their missions in Iraq. Jonathan Stevenson analyses the strategic and political implications of this move.

  • Expert Commentary

    Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: US–Russian relations - The middle cannot hold

    14 April 2016.  By Dr Samuel Charap, Senior Fellow for Russia and Eurasia, and Jeremy Shapiro, Research Director at the European Council on Foreign Relations US–Russian relations have been in a downward spiral since Vladimir Putin took the fateful decision to invade Crimea in February 2014. More than two years later, the situation is as grave as it has been since the heated days of the Cold War, in the early 1980s. Russia and...

  • Events

    Prospects for Russia's Economy

    13 April 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Dr Igor Yurgens, IISS Council Member and Chairman of the Management Board of the Institute of Contemporary Development, Russia
    Arundel House, London
    Wednesday 13 April, 12.30–1.30pm BST

  • Strategic Comments

    The tenuous diplomacy of the Syrian conflict

    12 April 2016. 

    International diplomacy with respect to the Syrian conflict has been episodic and generally ineffective. Greater engagement by the Syrian regime and the passage of UN Security Council Resolution 2254 in support of negotiations on Syria's political transition have improved prospects for a political solution. But the parties remain far apart on the role of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in a political transition, and therefore still face a steep uphill climb.

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