• Events

    Countering ISIS

    27 November 2014. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Ben Barry, Senior Fellow for Land Warfare, IISS
    Toby Dodge, Professor of International Relations, LSE; Consulting Senior Fellow for the Middle East, IISS
    Emile Hokayem, Senior Fellow for Middle East Security, IISS
    Nigel Inkster, Director for Transnational Threats and Political Risk, IISS
    Arundel House, London
    Thursday 27 November 2014, 12:30-1:30pm

  • Expert Commentary

    National Interest: The Deeper Meaning of the Iran Nuclear Talks: ISIS, the Middle East and Beyond

    25 November 2014.  It’s about the prospects for a peaceful and stable region, something that simply doesn’t look possible without engagement with Iran.

  • Strategic Comments

    Countering hybrid threats: challenges for the West

    21 November 2014. 

    The West's adversaries have increasingly sensed the advantages of mixing up tactics and gaining asymmetric advantages. Countering such 'hybrid' threats will require new, adjustable, cross-government, cross-Alliance responses.

  • Strategic Comments

    Turkey's Syria role risks instability at home, isolation abroad

    29 October 2014. 

    Turkey’s decision to allow Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters to reinforce the besieged Syrian border town of Kobane appeared set to raise domestic security risks while failing to reduce Turkey's isolation in the region.

  • Strategic Comments

    ISIS: the threat to homeland security

    24 October 2014.  Western governments face a new homeland security preoccupation: the growing numbers of young Westerners joining Syrian rebel groups. This trend is giving rise to concerns that these 'foreign fighters' could return home having been radicalised to the point that they are willing to undertake terrorist attacks in their own countries.

  • IISS Voices

    Ben Barry: The anti-ISIS coalition - military plans and political risks

    24 October 2014. 

  • News

    Kobane’s reprieve?

    23 October 2014.  For the first 20 days, coalition air-strikes in Syria failed to halt the advance by ISIS jihadists on the town of Kobane. But the operation did buy time for diplomacy and a shift in strategy to loosen the militants' grip

  • IISS Voices

    Nicholas Crawford: Kobane’s reprieve?

    23 October 2014.  For the first 20 days, coalition air-strikes in Syria appeared to do little to halt the advance by ISIS jihadists on the town of Kobane. But the operation did buy time for diplomacy and a shift in strategy to loosen the militants' grip. Can it continue to keep ISIS at bay?

  • Politics and Strategy

    Charlotte Kennedy: Australia and the ISIS fight within

    17 October 2014.  Australia’s Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, stands in front of a group of photographers at a Sydney beach. Middle-aged and Putin-esque, he wears nothing but a pair of red Speedos as he addresses the media. Abbott, elected in September 2013, is known both at home and abroad for his conservative 1950s brand of politics and a habit of holding press conferences post-workout and in lycra bicycle shorts. Upon entering office, he...

  • Expert Commentary

    Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: The very small Islamic State WMD threat

    16 October 2014.  By Dina Esfandiary, Research Associate, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme and Matthew Cottee, Research Analyst, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme Late last month British Home Secretary Theresa May, who is responsible for immigration and policing under Prime Minister David Cameron, alarmed many citizens when she warned that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) could “acquire chemical, biological, or even nuclear weapons to attack us.” Joseph Cirincione, president of the global-security-focused Ploughshares Fund...

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