• 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.

  • Expert Commentary

    Mark Fitzpatrick: The Iran nuclear talks – a view from London

    02 October 2014.  I am happy to be back in the US, but I do like living in London. For those who prefer moderation, the weather is rarely ever too hot or too cold. The political weather is moderate, too. When the northern bits of the island threatened to break the 300-year union, Westminster’s response was to show its love by flying Scottish flags. British political parties quibble on many matters, but not...

  • Strategic Comments

    Scots say ‘no’, but risks for UK remain

    26 September 2014. 

    Although the result of the Scottish referendum on independence was clear, it heralds a new period of uncertainty for the UK. With nationwide constitutional changes promised for early 2015, it is possible that within a few years its composition and constitution could be substantially altered.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Alexander Nicoll: The Scottish 'No'

    19 September 2014.  Scotland will not be applying to join the European Union or NATO. The arguments of recent months about currency union and the British nuclear deterrent are now over. By a margin of 55% to 45%, people living in Scotland have decided to remain in the United Kingdom. The Scottish referendum result is a poke in the eye for those around the world who mocked London’s weakness in agreeing to allow it...

  • IISS Voices

    Strategic Survey: 'Yes' or 'No', UK will remain a key player on the world stage

    18 September 2014.  Alexander Nicoll, Editor of Strategic Survey, discusses the possible repercussions of a ‘No’ vote victory in the Scottish referendum. Whatever the outcome of the vote, says Nicoll, there will be serious debate regarding how to proceed, and the constitutional model that will emerge out of those discussions is difficult to predict. However, the result is unlikely to change Britain’s standing as a significant player on the world stage. 

  • Politics and Strategy

    Dana H. Allin: The United Kingdom at risk?

    18 September 2014.  The United Kingdom woke up this morning to a dream-like moment of unreality – is its 307-year existence really at risk? The opinion polls on today’s referendum for Scottish independence have tightened, as one would expect – but they’ve tightened perhaps a tad bit more than actually expected. In the June–July issue of Survival, my colleague, Alexander Nicoll, explained how Britain arrived at this moment. Dana H. Allin is Editor of Survival and Senior...

  • Events

    Delivering the Integrated Approach in Fragile and Conflict-Affected States

    10 September 2014. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Mark White
    Deputy Head, Stabilisation Unit, UK Government
    Arundel House, London
    Wednesday, 10 September, 12:30-13:30pm

  • Strategic Survey

    Chapter 5: Europe

    05 September 2014. 

    United Kingdom: Questions of Identity
    France: From Crisis to Crisis
    Germany: Merkel’s Third Term
    Turkey: Tensions and Turbulence

  • Strategic Comments

    UK aircraft carrier: projecting military power

    12 August 2014. 

    The July launch of the UK's biggest-ever warship was an important step forward for its aircraft-carrier programme. But questions remain about whether one or two ships will enter service, and about the aircraft that will be on board.

  • Strategic Comments

    Iran nuclear talks extended for four more months

    23 July 2014. 

    Deep differences over the allowable size of Iran's nuclear programme and how long restrictions on it should remain in place proved insurmountable in the latest round of negotiations. Iran and the six powers known as the E3+3 now have a further four months to determine whether they can summon the political will to bridge the gap.

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