• Survival

    Deterrence at Three: US, UK and French Nuclear Cooperation

    22 July 2015.  Western nuclear deterrence could benefit from closer cooperation ‘at three’. The US, UK and France should take care, however, to do no harm to their existing bilateral relationships.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Erik Jones: Sustainable Integration as a Response to Draghi’s ‘Imperfect’ Union

    20 July 2015.  When Mario Draghi was asked last Thursday (16 July) whether the recent crisis surrounding Greece had made the monetary union more vulnerable, he gave an astonishingly frank response. Draghi denied that the discussion about Greece made the union more vulnerable; nevertheless, he admitted that: this union is imperfect. And being imperfect, is fragile, is vulnerable, and doesn’t deliver all the benefits that it could if it were to be completed. So...

  • Events

    Key Defence and Security Issues for the UK

    16 July 2015. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Dr Liam Fox 
    MP for North Somerset; UK Defence Secretary 2010–2011 
    General the Lord David Richards of Herstmonceux
    Senior Advisor, IISS; UK Chief of Defence Staff 2011–2014
    Lord Robertson of Port Ellen
    NATO Secretary General, 1999–2004; UK Defence Secretary, 1997–1999
    Arundel House, London
    Thursday 16 July 2015, 5:30-6:30pm

  • Events

    Members' Launch of The Armed Conflict Survey

    15 July 2015. 

    Book Launch
    Nigel Inkster
    Editor, The Armed Conflict Survey;
    Director, Transnational Threats and Political Risk, IISS
    Arundel House, London
    Wednesday 15 July 2015, 13:00-14:00

  • Events

    The UK and the EU: Making the most of an awkward partnership

    15 July 2015. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Rt Hon. Lord Garel-Jones
    Member, House of Lords, Former Minister of State, Foreign and 
    Commonwealth Office
    Managing Director, UBS; Chairman UBS Latin America
    Arundel House, London
    Wednesday 15 July 2015, 6.30-8pm

  • Strategic Comments

    Communications interception: UK report seeks legal reform

    08 July 2015. 

    British spies’ bulk collection of citizens’ phone and internet metadata doesn’t breach EU law, a new government report says. However, the document does recommend an overhaul of the complex UK law governing the field.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Giri Rajendran: The UK - meeting the 2% NATO target

    08 July 2015.  By Giri Rajendran, Research Associate for Defence and Economics In his Summer Budget, announced earlier today, Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, committed to protecting UK defence spending over the course of the next parliament – pledging that the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) budget would rise by 0.5% above inflation each year until FY2020/21. This means that, for the rest of the decade, the UK will likely continue to meet the...

  • IISS Voices

    Ben Barry: British Lessons from Afghanistan

    30 June 2015. 

  • Strategic Comments

    UK defence review: a test of strategic ambitions

    23 June 2015. 

    In conducting a new defence review, Britain’s Conservative government will need to determine its level of strategic ambition, and to set commensurate budget goals for the next five years. Reductions in capabilities since the last review in 2010 have diminished the UK’s military strength considerably.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Erik Jones: Finance and Britain's EU Referendum

    08 June 2015.  A big unknown in the debate over the UK's planned referendum on European Union (EU) membership is the impact it will have on the City of London, in its role as the financial capital of Europe. There are three reasons that the impact could be negative. The UK referendum debate and European reform negotiations will lessen British influence on the design of Europe’s capital union; they will eliminate any incentive...

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