• Politics and Strategy

    Dana Allin: Washington, Gaza and Syria

    24 July 2014.  Yesterday the Washington Post, in an editorial, complained that the Obama administration is not doing enough to arm and organise the moderate elements of a Syrian opposition. There is an unresolved vagueness about what, exactly, Washington can do to shape a battle against the regime of Bashar al-Assad when the most powerful rebels fighting him are the same Islamists that we hope to stop from taking over Iraq. The Post concedes...

  • Military Balance Blog

    Ben Barry: Iraq - from insurgency to counter-insurgency and back again

    01 July 2014.  By Ben Barry, Senior Fellow for Land Warfare The recent rapid eviction of Iraqi government forces from much of Ninewa and Anbar provinces by the jihadi insurgents of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) is a bitter blow for the Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki. It is uncomfortable news for many in the US, including President Barack Obama’s national security team and US veterans of the Iraq War, as progress made...

  • Events

    Syria after Geneva, the Elections, and ISIS: Partition, Fragmentation, and Escalation

    01 July 2014. 

    IISS-US Discussion Meeting
    Emile Hokayem
    Senior Fellow for Middle East Security, IISS
    Tuesday 01 July 2014

  • IISS Voices

    Dina Esfandiary: Syria and the removal of chemical weapons

    25 June 2014.  By Dina Esfandiary, Research Associate, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme This week the remaining stockpiles of chemical weapons were shipped out of Syria, according to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The result? 100% of Syria’s declared chemical weapons stockpiles have been destroyed or removed from the country. This represents a significant victory, but many problems still remain – most notably, the continued use of chemical agents, which puts...

  • IISS Voices

    Emile Hokayem: Iraqi and Syrian battlefields merge

    13 June 2014.  By Emile Hokayem, Senior Fellow for Regional Security, IISS–Middle East The spectacular advance of the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) in Iraq and its resilience in Syria have in effect merged the Iraqi and Syrian battlefields. This has momentous local, regional and international repercussions: a jihadi statelet extending from Mosul and Fallujah to Deir Ezzor and Raqqa is an extraordinary, if profoundly disruptive addition to the already troubled Middle...

  • Survival

    The Syrian Tragedy and Precedent

    19 May 2014.  If Washington’s Syria policy succeeds, it will crystallise efforts to privilege diplomacy over the use of force and create a precedent other powers will be apt to follow.

  • Events

    The Iran and Syria Alliance – Holding Strong?

    19 May 2014. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Jubin Goodarzi,
    Deputy Head, International Relations Department, Webster University
    Julien Barnes-Dacey,
    Senior Policy Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, European Council on Foreign Relations
    Arundel House, London
    Monday 19 May 2014

  • Strategic Comments

    Syria's war: Assad gains upper hand

    08 May 2014. 

    The regime of President Bashar al-Assad finds itself in a better situation than at any point since early 2012. But while its survival is no longer in question in the medium term, its ability to rebuild the pretence of a state remains in doubt, given its limited resources, internal contradictions and the reality of soft partition.

  • Events

    Saudi Arabia in the New Middle East Cold War

    02 May 2014. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Professor F. Gregory Gause, 
    Professor of Political Science, University of Vermont;
    Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Brookings Doha Center
    Arundel House, London
    Friday 02 May 2014

  • Strategic Comments

    Elimination of Syria’s chemical weapons stalls

    16 April 2014. 

    Important progress has been made towards the elimination of Syria's chemicals-weapons programme. But the process relies on the goodwill of Damascus, which has fallen behind on its targets for the removal of chemicals.

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