• 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.

  • Events

    No end in sight: Syria after Geneva II

    16 April 2014. 

    IISS Global Perspectives Series
    Emile Hokayem, Senior Fellow for Regional Security, IISS-Middle East
    IISS-Middle East, Manama
    Wednesday 16 April 2014, 5:30-6:30pm

  • Survival

    Is Iran a Military Threat?

    01 April 2014. 

    Tehran’s military capabilities do not match its ambitions for recognition and status. It is cautious, defensive and prudent in resorting to force, due as much to experience as to realism about its own limits.

  • Events

    Syria after Geneva II: Escalation and Fragmentation

    27 March 2014. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Emile Hokayem
    Senior Fellow for Regional Security, IISS–Middle East
    Bloomsbury House, London
    Thursday 27 March 2014

  • IISS Voices

    Reed Blakemore: Managing spillover from Syria

    06 March 2014.  By Reed Blakemore, Intern, IISS–US A solution to the nearly four-year-old Syrian civil war seems distant after the recent collapse of negotiations between the Assad regime and the opposition. Militant groups operating in Syria and elsewhere, and the growing number of refugees, have serious implications throughout the Middle East. In particular, Syria’s neighbours – Iraq, Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan – will have to work hard to prevent the conflict from engulfing...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: Fading optimism on Syria CW destruction plan

    28 February 2014.  Having waxed optimistically last year about the Syrian chemical weapons (CW) destruction deal, it is time I recognise publically that things have not been going so well of late. From the day in early September, when Russia proposed that Syria put its CW under international control for destruction, through to December, the process went amazingly well. Syria signed the Chemical Weapons Convention, declared its stockpiles and gave the Organisation for the...

  • IISS Voices

    Turkey: beyond the headlines

    27 February 2014.  By Alexa van Sickle, Assistant editor The events in Turkey in 2013 caught both the citizens and government off-guard, according to Ziya Meral, a Turkish researcher and writer. Before the summer of 2013, he said, there had been a clear forecast of where things were heading in Turkey for 2014 and 2015. The elections cycle was in gear, and although the government had shown a lapse in reform and the democratic...

  • Strategic Comments

    Iraq violence grows ahead of elections

    24 February 2014. 

    A fresh cycle of sectarian violence in Iraq has resulted in militants gaining control of the city of Fallujah in Anbar province. Whether or not the current violence will escalate into outright civil war will depend on the outcome of April's national elections, and on the government that will take power in their aftermath.

  • Events

    Managing the Spillover from Syria

    20 February 2014. 

    IISS-US Discussion meeting
    Professor Henri Barkey, Bernard L. and Bertha F. Cohen Professor, Lehigh University
    Ben Fishman, Consulting Senior Fellow for the Middle East and North Africa, IISS
    Kim Ghattas, State Department Correspondent, British Broadcasting Corporation
    Ambassador James Jeffrey, Philip Solondz Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Washington Institute for Near East Policy
    Chair: Steven Simon, Executive Director, IISS-US and Corresponding Director, IISS-ME
    Thursday 20 February 2014
    IISS-US, Washington DC

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 7: Middle East and North Africa

    05 February 2014. 

    Syria: Implications for regional armed forces; Regime regroups; Rebel forces
    Egypt: the military resumes power
    Iran: Missile developments
    GCC: Cooperative defence and Iran
    Regional defence economics; Major arms-trade developments in 2012 and 2013; Military commercial activities
    Algeria: Recent initiatives; Regional and border defence; Counter-terrorism and international cooperation; Defence economics

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