• Expert Commentary

    Foreign policy: A Lose-Lose in Aleppo

    25 February 2015.  The U.N.’s plan to “freeze” the conflict in Syria is a gift to Bashar al-Assad. No wonder the rebels aren’t buying it.

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 7: Middle East

    18 February 2015.  The Syrian war; ISIS: tactics, emergence and advance
    Libya: continuing instability: Defence economics
    Israel: changing security dynamics: Another war in Gaza
    United Arab Emirates: Defence-policy developments; Platforms and forces; International defence cooperation; Defence economics

  • Expert Commentary

    Deutsche Welle: No quick fix against 'nihilistic IS death cult'

    13 February 2015.  Deutsche Welle interview with Ben Barry, Senior Fellow for Land Warfare What has the US's strategy against IS, with Operation Inherent Resolve, achieved so far? It certainly contributed to halting ISIS in its tracks and from reaching Baghdad or Erbil in the north [of Iraq], both of which would have had serious political effects. And it meant that there is now a fairly stable front line in Iraq, stretching from Kurdistan to Anbar province. Quite...

  • IISS Voices

    Hanna Ucko Neill and Jens Wardenaer: Global conflict fatalities increase by more than 35% in 2014

    12 February 2015.  The number of conflict-related deaths worldwide grew to some 176,000 in 2014, a substantial increase from 113,000 in 2013. The higher death toll resulted almost exclusively from an intensification of violence in existing conflicts.

  • News

    Global conflict fatalities increase by more than 35% in 2014

    12 February 2015.  The number of conflict-related deaths worldwide grew to some 176,000 in 2014, a substantial increase from 113,000 in 2013. The higher death toll resulted almost exclusively from an intensification of violence in existing conflicts.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Ben Barry: ISIS military advances during Iraq’s Maliki government

    11 February 2015.    By Ben Barry, Senior Fellow for Land Warfare Regional and international reactions to the great surge of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) in the summer of 2014 were largely based on questions of how the insurgents had achieved such stunning and speedy ascendency over the Iraqi and Syrian security forces.  Ben Barry, IISS’ Senior Fellow for Land Warfare, sees this as not only a direct result of the...

  • Military Balance Blog

    Emile Hokayem: Syria - Assad regime maintains military superiority

    09 February 2015.  By Emile Hokayem, Senior Fellow for Middle East Security After a 2014 characterised by rising concern regarding security in the Middle East, 2015 is likely to see one issue of contention remain unchanged. Emile Hokayem, Senior Fellow for Middle East Security, believes that after two years of stable support and territorial regains, Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad is likely to remain in power for several years to come. Hokayem attributes this...

  • Expert Commentary

    BBC: UK ambassador - Gulf crisis 'could last 10-15 years'

    05 February 2015.  BBC Interview with Sir John Jenkins, Executive Director, IISS-Middle East The crisis in the Gulf provoked by Islamic State could last for 10 to 15 years, says Sir John Jenkins, Britain's former ambassador to Saudi Arabia. Sir John, who left the Foreign Office last week, said it was probably the worst crisis in the area since WWII. Over his 35-year career Sir John served in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Israel. He said countries in the...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Benjamin Fishman: ISIS overplays its hand

    04 February 2015.  3 February was supposed to be a good day for Jordan. King Abdullah was in Washington in part to mark the agreement on a new $1 billion annual assistance package. Aid to Jordan has long received bipartisan support – a rarity in Washington – in no small part because of the king’s frequent visits to Capitol Hill, along with his White House meetings. The updated assistance package increases economic and...

  • IISS Voices

    Annabel Corser: Eliminating chemical weapons

    27 January 2015.  By Annabel Corser, Editorial Assistant The OPCW-UN Joint Mission in Syria drew to a close on 30 September 2014 and, as of October, 98.7% of Syrian chemical material has been destroyed. For Peter Sawczak (who heads the Government Relations and Political Affairs Branch of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) these successes are the latest indicators of the OPCW’s effectiveness and the value of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)...

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