• Strategic Comments

    Turkey's Syria role risks instability at home, isolation abroad

    29 October 2014. 

    Turkey’s decision to allow Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters to reinforce the besieged Syrian border town of Kobane appeared set to raise domestic security risks while failing to reduce Turkey's isolation in the region

  • Strategic Comments

    ISIS: the threat to homeland security

    24 October 2014.  Western governments face a new homeland security preoccupation: the growing numbers of young Westerners joining Syrian rebel groups. This trend is giving rise to concerns that these 'foreign fighters' could return home having been radicalised to the point that they are willing to undertake terrorist attacks in their own countries.

  • IISS Voices

    Ben Barry: The anti-ISIS coalition - military plans and political risks

    24 October 2014. 

  • IISS Voices

    Nicholas Crawford: Kobane’s reprieve?

    23 October 2014.  For the first 20 days, coalition air-strikes in Syria appeared to do little to halt the advance by ISIS jihadists on the town of Kobane. But the operation did buy time for diplomacy and a shift in strategy to loosen the militants' grip. Can it continue to keep ISIS at bay?

  • News

    Kobane’s reprieve?

    23 October 2014.  For the first 20 days, coalition air-strikes in Syria failed to halt the advance by ISIS jihadists on the town of Kobane. But the operation did buy time for diplomacy and a shift in strategy to loosen the militants' grip

  • Politics and Strategy

    Charlotte Kennedy: Australia and the ISIS fight within

    17 October 2014.  Australia’s Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, stands in front of a group of photographers at a Sydney beach. Middle-aged and Putin-esque, he wears nothing but a pair of red Speedos as he addresses the media. Abbott, elected in September 2013, is known both at home and abroad for his conservative 1950s brand of politics and a habit of holding press conferences post-workout and in lycra bicycle shorts. Upon entering office, he...

  • Expert Commentary

    Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: The very small Islamic State WMD threat

    16 October 2014.  By Dina Esfandiary, Research Associate, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme and Matthew Cottee, Research Analyst, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme Late last month British Home Secretary Theresa May, who is responsible for immigration and policing under Prime Minister David Cameron, alarmed many citizens when she warned that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) could “acquire chemical, biological, or even nuclear weapons to attack us.” Joseph Cirincione, president of the global-security-focused Ploughshares Fund...

  • Politics and Strategy

    James P. Farwell: How ISIS uses social media

    02 October 2014.  In June, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) made a dramatic entrance onto the global stage, aiming to establish its religious authority across the planet under a caliphate led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The group’s principal tool for expanding its influence has been brute force, but as it has attempted to build credibility and establish legitimacy, it has shown a deftness for propaganda, using social media and cyber...

  • News

    2014: A year of living dangerously

    29 September 2014.  The UNHCR and other organisations say refugee numbers leapt in 2013. In the past three years, annual conflict-related fatalities have also doubled, according to ACD figures

  • IISS Voices

    Hanna Ucko Neill: 2014: A year of living dangerously

    29 September 2014.  The UNHCR and other organisations say refugee numbers leapt in 2013. In the past three years, annual conflict-related fatalities have also doubled, according to ACD figures.

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