• Politics and Strategy

    Elizabeth Pond: Will Ukraine snatch defeat from the jaws of victory?

    28 September 2015.  The good news from Ukraine is that after half a year of intensive shelling across the Donbas ‘truce’ line, the big guns went silent on 1 September and have stayed silent ever since. Russia has reined in the hotheads among its proxy separatists in eastern Ukraine who wanted to keep on fighting and seize more Ukrainian territory with the superior heavy weapons Moscow has showered on Donbas over the past...

  • IISS Voices

    Ben Barry: Could Russia repeat the east Ukraine playbook in Syria?

    22 September 2015.  Despite many clear differences between Ukraine and Syria, a battle-hardened Russian army may be looking to apply lessons from the Donetsk and Luhansk regions

  • Survival

    Ukraine and the Art of Exhaustion

    22 September 2015.  With no strategy for bringing their war to a conclusion, Ukraine and Russia are now seeking each other’s exhaustion.

  • Expert Commentary

    Foreign Affairs: Forcing Kiev's Hand

    09 September 2015.  By Samuel Charap, Senior Fellow for Russia and Eurasia Viewed from Washington, the conflict in Ukraine's east seems to have reached a plateau. Despite several cease-fire agreements, fighting along the frontlines has never ceased completely. Yet the intensity of the violence has markedly decreased, and the Russian military and its separatist allies have not launched a major offensive in over six months. Since Russian President Vladimir Putin seems unwilling to withdraw...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Elizabeth Pond: A Useful Stalemate in Ukraine

    04 August 2015.  Russian President Vladimir Putin's undeclared war on once-fraternal Ukraine has destroyed Moscow's influence on Kiev, forged genuine Ukrainian identity in resistance and ended in a roughly stable stalemate in the eastern 3% of Ukraine that Russia now controls. However bitter that stalemate is to Putin, to Ukraine, and to the West, the least bad option may now be to prolong gridlock while diminishing casualties in Ukraine's Donbas coal region. This...

  • IISS Voices

    Tilly Grove: The changing face of war

    22 July 2015.  More people are dying and being driven from their homes as local grievances and global jihad merge, and as crime and cyber hacking become forms of warfare

  • IISS Voices

    John Drennan: Russia-Japan relations after Ukraine

    10 July 2015. 

  • Events

    Two Unforeseen Wars: A Military Analysis of the Conflict in Ukraine and the Campaign against ISIS

    07 July 2015. 

    IISS-US Lecture Series
    Brigadier (Retd) Ben Barry
    Senior Fellow for Land Warfare, IISS
    IISS-US, Washington DC
    Tuesday 7 July 2015, 2-3pm EDT, 7-8pm BST

  • IISS Voices

    John Drennan: The perilous Line of Contact in southeastern Ukraine

    29 June 2015.  Clashes between the Ukrainian government and Russia-backed separatists have occurred regularly along the Line of Contact (LoC) in southeastern Ukraine since the February ceasefire agreement was signed in Minsk. Both sides seemingly lack the will to fully implement the agreement, so the conflict looks likely to remain unresolved for the foreseeable future.

  • ACD Insight

    The perilous Line of Contact in southeastern Ukraine

    29 June 2015.  Clashes between the Ukrainian government and Russia-backed separatists have occurred regularly along the Line of Contact (LoC) in southeastern Ukraine since the February ceasefire agreement was signed in Minsk. Both sides seemingly lack the will to fully implement the agreement, so the conflict looks likely to remain unresolved for the foreseeable future.

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