• Strategic Comments

    EU’s future tested by migrants, Greece and UK

    02 October 2015. 

    Recent crises reveal an increasing tendency among European Union members to pursue narrow national interests rather than to formulate and stick to common positions. Migrant flows, the Greek financial crisis and the forthcoming British referendum on membership all set the perceived domestic interests of one EU member country directly against those of another.

  • IISS Voices

    Matthew Cottee: UK politicians back Chinese nuclear investment

    23 September 2015.  Britain is set to become the marque client for Chinese nuclear technology, following political and economic assurances by UK government ministers

  • Survival

    Morons, Losers and Leaders

    22 September 2015.  If the Corbyn challenge is not met, Labour will be out of power for close to a generation, more than enough time for a political party to die.

  • Survival

    Trident’s Replacement and the Survival of the United Kingdom

    22 September 2015.  A nuclear-weapon system designed to guarantee the UK’s survival could hasten its political demise.

  • IISS Voices

    IISS Voices: Countering extremism in Bangladesh

    21 September 2015.  Islamist groups are increasingly establishing welfare systems and exploiting widespread poverty to threaten the institutions of state 

  • Politics and Strategy

    Matthew Harries: Morons, Losers and Leaders

    14 September 2015.  I’ll tell you what happens with impossible promises. - Neil Kinnock, 1 October 1985. I ‘We cannot waste this defeat’, said Harriet Harman, interim Labour leader, after her party’s bitter loss in Britain’s May 2015 general election. ‘We will dare to look over the precipice at what happened.’ Looking over the precipice, Labour saw the smouldering wreckage of an election campaign. The post-mortem has been traumatic, not least because, as late as election...

  • IISS Voices

    Matthew Cottee: Could China crash hurt new UK nuclear?

    10 September 2015.  There might be less Chinese money to invest in overseas reactors, but that is hardly the only worry at the UK’s planned Hinckley Point C power station

  • Expert Commentary

    The Week: A century in search of a name

    23 August 2015.  By Sanjaya Baru, Director for Geo-economics and Strategy If the 19th century was Britain’s and the 20th was America’s, many assume the 21st would be China’s. Even Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz wrote a column calling the present century “The Chinese Century”. Interestingly, economist Arvind Subramanian, currently chief economic adviser in the ministry of finance, wrote the highly acclaimed Eclipse: Living in the Shadow of China's Economic Dominance in which he speculated...

  • Events

    UK-China Nuclear Security

    28 July 2015. 

    IISS-CIIS Workshop
    Arundel House, London
    28 July 2015

  • 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.

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