• IISS Voices

    Robert Mugabe and the future of Zimbabwe

    17 November 2017.  IISS council member and political analyst Moeletsi Mbeki reacts to the leadership struggle in Zimbabwe.

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 9: Sub-Saharan Africa

    14 February 2017.  Sub-Saharan Africa: Continental Security Developments; African Standby Force: slow progress; Results of Amani Africa II; Regional developments; African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crisis; AU–UN cooperation; Recent developments; Defence Economics; Macroeconomics; Defence economics and procurement

    Eritrea: Defence policy; Armed forces; Defence economics and industry

  • Strategic Comments

    Mozambique and Zimbabwe: potentially converging paths

    06 July 2016. 

    Mozambique, long favoured by Western donors, to their disapproval has recently shown signs of corruption, instability and poor governance and looked to China for help that may not be forthcoming. Zimbabwe, long disfavoured by Western donors, is cooling to China's commercial and political involvement in its national affairs. Both southern African countries may eventually need to reinvigorate appeals for assistance from Western donors, which would come with relatively stringent governance and economic conditions.

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 9: Sub-Saharan Africa

    09 February 2016.  External military support; Defence economics; Macroeconomics; Defence spending; Procurement
    South Africa: Funding and operational challenges; Foreign engagements; The SANDF; Army; Navy; Air force; Defence Review; Defence economics

  • Events

    Justice, Good Governance and International Security

    14 October 2015. 

    10th Anniversary IISS Oppenheimer Lecture
    Advocate Thuli Madonsela,
    Public Protector of South Africa
    Arundel House, London
    Wednesday 14 October 2015

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 9: Sub-Saharan Africa

    19 February 2015.  The Ebola crisis; Defence economics;
    Kenya: Defence economics
    The Somali National Army: structural and operational developments; Operations and tactics; International training support

  • Survival

    South Africa: Broken Promises

    01 December 2014.  Travel writer Paul Theroux’s two post-apartheid trips, a decade apart, reveal a growing sense of pessimism about the nation’s politics and prospects.


  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 9: Sub-Saharan Africa

    05 February 2014. 

    Sub-Saharan Africa: The conflict in Mali; Continental security initiatives; Defence economics
    South Africa: Deployment lessons
    Nigeria: Moving beyond Joint Task Forces
    Ethiopia: Creating national armed forces; Defence Reform; Reform during operations; Defence economics

  • Military Balance Blog

    James Hackett: Africa - a year of interventions

    04 February 2014.  By James Hackett, Editor, The Military Balance; Senior Fellow for Defence and Military Analysis African defence and security forms a key analytical segment in the latest edition of The Military Balance. Mali is a central part of this year’s coverage, which analyses the French-led intervention and the recasting of Mali’s armed forces under the guidance of an EU Training Mission. However, durable solutions to the security problems in Mali, in the...

  • Strategic Survey

    Chapter 7: Africa

    07 September 2013. 

    West Africa's Troubled Year
    The Horn, Central and East Africa: Qualified Progress
    Southern Africa: Quest for Integration

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