• Politics and Strategy

    Dana H. Allin: Is Obama a too-reluctant warrior?

    15 September 2014.  My colleague Ben Barry has posted an excellent analysis of the military virtues and disadvantages of the strategy against ISIS that President Obama laid out in his speech last week. As I read Ben’s assessment, the strategy that has emerged since June is working reasonably well to halt the ISIS advance, and has a reasonable chance of further success. The political problems and contradictions in assembling an effective coalition are...

  • IISS Voices

    Ben Barry: Degrading ISIS – a military assessment of President Obama’s strategy

    11 September 2014.  By Ben Barry, Senior Fellow for Land Warfare Since President Obama’s 19 June statement that ‘we will be prepared to take targeted and precise military action, if and when we determine that the situation on the ground requires it’, the advance of ISIS columns in Iraq has been halted. Deployment of the best part of a thousand US personnel, including many special operations forces, and the focussing of US intelligence and...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: Chlorine use in Syria underscores that somebody is lying

    11 September 2014.  The 10 September report by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) confirming that chlorine weapons were used systematically in three northern Syrian villages in April was enraging. I also read it with a sense of déjà vu, in that it underscored several of the points that came up in discussions at the EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference on 4–5 September. Those points included that, to date, nobody has...

  • Expert Commentary

    Politico: Destroy the Islamic State. But Forget about Working with Assad

    10 September 2014.  By Emile Hokayem, Senior Fellow for Regional Security, IISS-ME, and Thomas Pierret Bad ideas never die. In recent days, as President Obama has geared up for a primetime Wednesday speech outlining his strategy for defeating the Islamic State, pundits and foreign policy mandarins have taken to op-ed pages to tell us that he should join forces with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, supposedly a lesser evil—an acceptable if unsavory ally to defeat...

  • Expert Commentary

    ABC News: Islamic State can be defeated

    10 September 2014.  Former MI6 deputy, Nigel Inkster, says that the Islamic State military group can be beaten in Iraq and Syria but there are conditions. Watch the Interview LEIGH SALES, PRESENTER: The case of Amira Karroum is far from isolated, with thousands of foreigners believed to be part of the fight in Syria and Iraq. The potential threat if they return home is one of the reasons that Australia, the United States and other...

  • EU Non Proliferation and Disarmament Conference

    Introduction and Keynote Address

    04 September 2014. 

    EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference 2014
    Keynote Speech and Introductory Remarks

    Joëlle Jenny, Director, Security Policy and Conflict Prevention, EEAS
    Camille Grand, Director, FRS; Chair, EU Non-Proliferation Consortium
    Ahmet Üzümcü, Director-General, Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons 

  • EU Non Proliferation and Disarmament Conference

    Keynote Address: Q&A

    04 September 2014. 

    EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference 2014
    Keynote Address Q&A
    Ahmet Üzümcü, Director-General, Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

  • EU Non Proliferation and Disarmament Conference

    Keynote Address: Ahmet Üzümcü

    04 September 2014. 

    EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference 2014
    Keynote Address
    Ahmet Üzümcü, Director-General, Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

  • Expert Commentary

    Syria Deeply: How Entrenched is ISIS in Syria – and can it be Rooted Out?

    31 August 2014.  Interview with Emile Hokayem, Senior Fellow for Regional Security, IISS–Middle East SYRIA DEEPLY: How well entrenched is ISIS in Syria right now? EMILE HOKAYEM: The levels of entrenchment vary considerably, depending on the region. There are areas where they clearly have the upper hand because they made a lot of local [business] deals. In other areas, especially in and around Deir Ezzor, their military victories have been overwhelming, and their ability to...

  • Expert Commentary

    NPR Morning Edition: Is Syria Becoming A Partner In The Fight Against Islamist Terror

    22 August 2014.  Kelly McEvers talks to Emile Hokayem, of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, about some western nations shifting to the idea of working with Syria's regime to fight Islamist militants.

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