• Events

    Energy Security and the Ukraine Crisis

    24 September 2014.  IISS-US Discussion Meeting
    Dr Pierre Noel
    Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Senior Fellow for
    Economic and Energy Security, IISS
    IISS-US, Washington DC
    Wednesday, 24 September 2014

  • Politics and Strategy

    Pierre Noël: Europe must not block the South Stream pipeline

    16 September 2014.  In responding to the Ukraine security crisis, the European Union should have done whatever it could to insulate the Russia–Europe gas relationship from foreign-policy tension. By opposing South Stream, the pipeline system that would bypass Ukraine as a gas-transit country, it has done the exact opposite. Understandably enough, EU leaders state that they are unwilling to cooperate with Moscow at Kiev’s expense. They appear to have suddenly realised that a bypassed...

  • Strategic Comments

    NATO summit: reassurance and effective responses

    11 September 2014. 

    Events in Ukraine and northern Iraq dramatically increased the significance of NATO's September summit. It marked a turning point for the Alliance, as combat operations in Afghanistan drew to a close and members renewed their commitment to collective defence.

  • Expert Commentary

    Bloomberg: EU-Russia Gas Trade is Biggest Stake: Noel

    09 September 2014.  Hassanal Bolkiah Senior Fellow for Economic & Energy Security, IISS Pierre Noel discusses Europe’s reliance on Russian gas, the significance of Russia’s trade pact with China and the possibility of a gas crisis between Europe and Russia with Bloomberg’s Rishaad Salamat on 'On The Move.' Watch at Bloomberg  Former US National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski, will discuss 'The International System and the Ukraine Crisis' in the first plenary session of the 2014 IISS Global...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: Deterrence intrudes on EU conference

    09 September 2014.  Security demands of the present have a way of infringing on disarmament aims of the future. On 4–5 September, as the IISS was running the EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference, some of the European government officials who wanted to attend instead had to devote their attention to the overlapping NATO summit in Wales. The NATO discussions also intruded directly. The leitmotif of a dinner speech by UN High Representative for...

  • Events

    The Khodorkovsky Saga, Power Politics and Legal Reform in Russia

    03 September 2014. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Jeffrey Kahn
    Professor of Law, Southern Methodist University, Dallas
    Arundel House, London
    Wednesday, 3 September, 12:30-13:30

  • Expert Commentary

    Carnegie Perspectives: Maximalist Rhetoric and the Realities of the Region

    02 September 2014.  By Samuel Charap, Senior Fellow for Russia and Eurasia U.S. perceptions of Russian objectives in post-Soviet Eurasia are distorted due to a pervasive failure to differentiate between maximalist rhetoric and the realities of the region almost 25 years after the Soviet collapse. Washington tends to seize on hyperbolic statements by Russian officials (e.g., President Vladimir Putin’s line about the Soviet collapse being the 'greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the twentieth century') that...

  • IISS Voices

    Hannah Alberts: Putin’s Eurasian Union could inflame nationalism at home

    02 September 2014.  By Hannah Alberts, Intern, Russia & Eurasia Programme Since Vladimir Putin announced his intention to work toward integrating the economies of the former Soviet states in a Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) in 2011, Russia’s foreign policy goals have been increasingly in conflict with its domestic political realities. Inclusive rhetoric calling for the creation of economic and political associations between Russia and its neighbours stands in stark contrast to rising xenophobia within...

  • Expert Commentary

    Straits Times: Asia would pay a price if Russia-EU gas trade collapsed

    01 September 2014.  By Pierre Noel, Hassanal Bolkiah Senior Fellow in Economic and Energy Security The crisis in Ukraine is relevant to Asia, both politically and in terms of energy security. Politically, it illustrates the fact that economic interdependence may not prevent states taking decisive action if they feel that core national security interests are at stake in a dispute. In terms of energy security, a collapse of the trade in natural gas between Russia...

  • Military Balance Blog

    Joseph Dempsey: Pro-Russian separatist tank variant supports Russian source

    28 August 2014.  By Joseph Dempsey, Research Analyst, Defence and Military Analysis Programme Several recent reports have identified Russia as the source of Main Battle Tanks (MBTs) and other heavy equipment operated by pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine, a suggestion persistently denied by Moscow. The apparent sudden and steady flow of MBTs into separatist hands since June 2014 coupled with a recently observed diversity of MBTs suggests some reliance on an external source. The Soviet-era MBTs operated...

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