• Survival

    Strategic Stability Under Obama and Trump

    17 July 2017.  The Trump administration must assess how strategic stability, an organising concept for the Obama administration’s strategic policy, might fit with its own guiding principles.

  • Politics and Strategy

    When Donald met Vladimir

    07 July 2017.  On the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Trump went into his meeting with Putin without a clearly established plan or agenda. If one assumes a zero-sum game between the United States and Russia, then Putin looks like the winner.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Russian military lift risks atrophy

    06 July 2017.  Since late 2015, Russia has sustained expeditionary operations in Syria by relying on ageing air- and maritime-lift platforms. Unless it can better previous failed efforts to replace both, Moscow risks losing the capacity to carry out a similar operation within the next decade.

  • Military Balance Blog

    NASIC 2017 report suggests service entries, missile modifications and new nomenclature

    28 June 2017.  The United States intelligence community’s occasional public assessment of the ballistic- and cruise-missile threat systems continues to provide a valuable glimpse into how the US views their development and proliferation, including a long-range Russian ground-launched cruise missile, with the 2017 report also hinting at a revised and mainly still classified naming system for some countries, now including North Korea.

  • Events

    ‘Blood Oil:’ discussion with Professor Leif Wenar

    22 June 2017. 

    Discussion meeting
    Professor Leif Wenar, Chair of Philosophy and Law, King’s College London
    Chaired by Nick Redman, Director of Editorial; Editor, Adelphi and Strategic Survey, IISS
    Arundel House, London
    Thursday 22 June, 12–1pm BST

  • Strategic Comments

    Balkan rumblings

    20 June 2017.  Although rumours of war in the Balkans are overblown, the region has acquired greater strategic resonance recently, due mainly to Russia's intensifying interest and secondarily to jihadist activity. But the countries' central challenges are the erosion of democracy and poor governance, which may be tolerated to secure the order and stability needed for admission into the European Union.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Montenegro: NATO enlarges once more

    07 June 2017.  On 5 June 2017, Montenegro formally joined the NATO Alliance, as its instrument of accession to the North Atlantic Treaty was formally deposited with the US State Department. A flag-raising ceremony took place at NATO headquarters today to mark this historic event.

  • Shangri-La Voices

    IISS Shangri-La Dialogue: Day 3 Highlights

    05 June 2017.  The final day of the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue saw panellists offer varied approaches as to how to address the region’s most challenging security questions, with North Korea’s nuclear and missile programme, religious extremism and the South China Sea disputes dominating the debate.

  • Strategic Comments

    The WannaCry ransomware attack

    23 May 2017. 

    The worldwide 'WannaCry' ransomware attack of uncertain origin earlier this month did little lasting damage. Nevertheless, it indicated widespread vulnerability to threats from outlier states and non-state actors, which pose the greatest risks to cyber security. While governments and industry should adopt a more systematic and anticipatory approach to minimising such threats, they are unlikely to treat the attack as a major wake-up call.

  • Expert Commentary

    The damage Mike Flynn has done to American foreign policy

    19 May 2017.  The Trump administration’s defenders may point out that whether or not Michael T. Flynn’s policy recommendations while he was national security adviser were made to please Turkey, they did not, in fact, materially affect policy. But they could have done so, argue Jonathan Stevenson and Steven Simon.

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