• Expert Commentary

    Bloomberg: Wargames Might Help Russia Sell Some Tanks

    11 August 2015.  Interview with Ben Barry, Senior Fellow for Land Warfare The Russian and Chinese militaries showed off their strength in competitions last week, along with several other invited nations at the Russian Military Tournament. But according to IISS expert Ben Barry it's not just a political chest thump; Russia might also sell a few more tanks to its close allies too. Watch the interview at Bloomberg News

  • Politics and Strategy

    Elizabeth Pond: A Useful Stalemate in Ukraine

    04 August 2015.  Russian President Vladimir Putin's undeclared war on once-fraternal Ukraine has destroyed Moscow's influence on Kiev, forged genuine Ukrainian identity in resistance and ended in a roughly stable stalemate in the eastern 3% of Ukraine that Russia now controls. However bitter that stalemate is to Putin, to Ukraine, and to the West, the least bad option may now be to prolong gridlock while diminishing casualties in Ukraine's Donbas coal region. This...

  • Survival

    Remembering Soviet Nuclear Risks

    22 July 2015.  Recent historical focus on NATO’s Able Archer exercise in 1983 risks ignoring what happened in the years afterwards: Soviet accidents amid heightened tensions.

  • IISS Voices

    Tilly Grove: The changing face of war

    22 July 2015.  More people are dying and being driven from their homes as local grievances and global jihad merge, and as crime and cyber hacking become forms of warfare

  • IISS Voices

    Ben Barry: 'The most important defence review for a generation'

    20 July 2015.  IISS Panel argues this SDSR most important for a generation; UK must shape national and wider public opinion on security agenda

  • IISS Voices

    John Drennan: Russia-Japan relations after Ukraine

    10 July 2015. 

  • Events

    Two Unforeseen Wars: A Military Analysis of the Conflict in Ukraine and the Campaign against ISIS

    07 July 2015. 

    IISS-US Lecture Series
    Brigadier (Retd) Ben Barry
    Senior Fellow for Land Warfare, IISS
    IISS-US, Washington DC
    Tuesday 7 July 2015, 2-3pm EDT, 7-8pm BST

  • Military Balance Blog

    Douglas Barrie & Henry Boyd: Latest Russian missile announcement belies modernisation plans

    30 June 2015.  By Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace, and Henry Boyd, Research Associate for Defence and Military Analysis The opening of an arms fair is always a good platform for announcing defence-equipment orders, even if they are not always quite what they seem. Russian President Vladimir Putin took such an opportunity at the Army-2015 Expo, held near Moscow on 16–19 June, to trumpet the impending delivery of more than 40...

  • Strategic Comments

    Russian air patrols: long-range ambitions

    25 June 2015. 

    For the Russian air force, long-range bomber missions are an opportunity to improve crew performance through the planning associated with such long sorties, regular air-to-air refuelling and increased training. For NATO members, the missions serve as a reminder that the Russian air force still retains an extended-range strike capability that the Alliance must factor into its collective air defence needs.

  • Expert Commentary

    On Track: When the cupboard is Bear - Nato European defence responses to Russia

    17 June 2015.  By Giri Rajendran, Research Associate for Defence and Economics and Henry Boyd, Research Associate for Defence and Military Analysis Russia’s actions in the Ukraine have forced NATO European policy makers to grapple with their most serious collective security challenge since the end of the Cold War; at the same time as financial crisis driven fiscal consolidation on a near-continental scale continues to exert significant downward pressure on the region’s defence spending. ...

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