• Events

    The Vatican’s New Foreign Policy: From Russia to Cuba

    12 May 2015. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Antonio Mennini,
    Apostolic Nuncio to the Court of St. James's
    Massimo Franco,
    Author and political columnist, Corriere della Sera
    Arundel House, London
    Tuesday 12 May 2015

  • Military Balance Blog

    Joseph Dempsey: Enter Armata - Russian armoured fighting vehicle modernisation

    06 May 2015.  By Joseph Dempsey, Research Analyst, Military Balance Online  Russia’s Victory Day parade on 9 May 2015 will include the much-anticipated appearance of three new armoured vehicle platforms. Images of the previously unseen heavy tracked ‘Armata’, the lighter tracked ‘Kurganets-25’ and the wheeled ‘Bumerang’ platforms have emerged amid parade preparations, though turrets and weapons stations have been kept literally under wraps until now, the week of the parade. Their debut comes...

  • Expert Commentary

    Financial Times: Brussels blames Gazprom for its own failings

    30 April 2015.  By Pierre Noel, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Senior Fellow for Economic and Energy Security The EU Commission has accused Russian gas company Gazprom of anti-competitive practices in its dealings with several EU countries. In a new op-ed, Pierre Noel assesses the validity of this claim. Read the full article at the Financial Times (subscription required)

  • IISS Voices

    Matthew Cottee: Third time lucky for a Russia-Myanmar nuclear deal?

    24 April 2015.  By Matthew Cottee, Research Analyst, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme Russia recently agreed to provide Myanmar with nuclear technology. This is not the first time such a deal has been attempted; previous Russian efforts to develop nuclear facilities in Myanmar occurred in the early and mid-2000s but failed to materialise. The latest iteration has greater potential, however. The Burmese government has a long-standing interest in nuclear energy, but more importantly, the...

  • Military Balance Blog

    Tom Waldwyn: Ukraine’s navy – one year after the seizure of Crimea

    17 April 2015.  By Tom Waldwyn, Assistant Research Analyst for Maritime Forces and Defence Industry The Ukrainian navy has been much reduced over the past 13 months. In February 2014, Ukraine’s naval headquarters were at Sevastopol; one year later they had been moved to Odessa, with only one principal surface combatant and seven patrol and coastal combatants (down from ten). With the annexation by Russia of Crimea, Ukraine lost the bulk of its naval...

  • Expert Commentary

    Problems of Post-Communism: Making Sense of Russian Foreign Policy

    17 April 2015.  Introduction to a special issue of Problems of Post-Communism guest edited by Samuel Charap, Senior Fellow for Russia and Eurasia, and Cory Welt Russian foreign policy in the Putin era has drawn particular attention, and even praise, from the realist school of international relations scholars. John J. Mearsheimer, for example, has written that “Putin and his compatriots have been thinking and acting according to realist dictates” in their policy toward Ukraine. Indeed, senior Russian...

  • Strategic Comments

    Ukraine ceasefire remains a work in progress

    15 April 2015. 

    The long-term viability of the February 2015 ceasefire agreement depends on Kiev's ability to implement contentious constitutional reforms. Until it has done so, Russia does not have to cede control of the border.

  • Events

    Russia and the West: A New Cold War?

    15 April 2015. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Matthew Kroenig
    Senior Fellow, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, Atlantic Council 
    Jeremy Shapiro
    Fellow, Foreign Policy Program, Brookings Institution
    Chair: Dana Allin
    Senior Fellow for US Foreign Policy and Transatlantic Affairs and Editor of Survival, IISS
    IISS-US, Washington DC
    Wednesday 15 April 2015

  • Armed Conflict Survey

    Chapter 7: Europe and Eurasia

    14 April 2015.  Armenia–Azerbaijan (Nagorno-Karabakh)
    Central Asia
    Russia (North Caucasus)

  • Armed Conflict Survey

    Chapter 1, Part I: Countering Hybrid Warfare

    14 April 2015.  ‘Hybrid warfare’ is a modern term for an ancient practice that has become more prevalent in recent centuries: the combination of regular and irregular forces to menace an enemy. This is a potent one–two punch. In fact, it is in many ways more effective than either conventional or unconventional forces fighting by themselves.

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