• 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)...

  • Expert Commentary

    International Affairs: Iran’s ISIS policy

    16 January 2015.  By Dina Esfandiary, Research Associate, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme and Ariane Tabatabai This article assesses Iran’s strategy in dealing with the threat of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). It examines the implications of the rise of ISIS in Iran’s immediate neighbourhood for Tehran’s policies in Syria and Iraq and investigates how each of these countries affects Iranian national interests. It provides an overview of the major events marking...

  • Events

    Eliminating Chemical Weapons

    15 January 2015. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Peter Sawczak
    Head, Government Relations and Political Affairs Branch, 
    Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
    Ambassador Shimon Stein
    Analyst; Former Israeli Diplomat
    Nomi Bar-Yaacov
    Associate Fellow, Chatham House;
    Foreign Policy Adviser on Middle East Affairs
    Arundel House, London
    Thursday, 15 January 2014

  • Politics and Strategy

    Steven Simon: Defeat Iran in Syria?

    08 January 2015.  I’ve been tracking the arguments in favour of the United States intervening as a combatant in Syria’s civil war. They are varied and all make a certain amount of sense, even where they fail to explain how US interests would be served by intervention. This isn’t to say that US strategic interest is the sole legitimate premise for intervention, only that it’s reasonable to think that a calculation of interest...

  • Expert Commentary

    IISS in the Press

    05 January 2015.  After rapid advances, Isis may have staying power The Guardian, 26 December If 2014 can be described as the year of the Islamic State, it is a fair bet that the jihadi group Barack Obama has pledged to ‘degrade and ultimately destroy’ will continue to dominate headlines from the Middle East in 2015. Past investments and current oil interests mean the US has been prioritising Iraq over Syria. The dysfunctional Iraqi army, humiliated...

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter Nine: China and the Middle East

    13 December 2014. 

    Washington’s attempt to relinquish its traditional leadership role in the Gulf creates a strategic opportunity for Beijing, albeit a problematic one.

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter Seven: Obama and the Middle East

    12 December 2014. 

    The Politics, Strategies and Difficulties of American Restraint

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter Five: Jordan: Caught in the Middle Again

    10 December 2014. 

    If Jordan can manage the tension between government and public views on the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, it should be able to continue handling the ongoing spillover challenges of the Syrian civil war.

  • Manama Voices

    Hebatalla Taha: The ISIS Effect

    10 December 2014.  By Hebatalla Taha, ACD Analyst ISIS – the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham – has horrified people the world over with its brutal tactics as it has overrun swathes of Iraq and Syria. Also worrying is the fact that it appears to be energising other jihadist groups, who aspire to its success and notoriety, and are pledging allegiance to the group. From Pakistan, where six senior members of the local Taliban...

  • News

    Hebatalla Taha: The ISIS Effect

    10 December 2014.  The group’s control of a vast swathe of territory, oil income and media savvy have made it a ‘brand’ that other jihadists from Egypt to Indonesia want to emulate and be associated with.

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