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.
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
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.
27 March 2014.
Senior Fellow for Regional Security, IISS–Middle East
Bloomsbury House, London
Thursday 27 March 2014
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
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...
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...
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.
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
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