• Strategic Comments

    The UK Brexit vote and its potential strategic impact

    20 April 2016. 

    The United Kingdom's 'Leave' camp is mounting a strident and emotive campaign for the UK's departure from the European Union, and has gained significant popular traction. 'Brexit' would pose serious economic and political risks to the UK and significantly diminish the EU’s size and clout. The 'Remain' camp will need to work hard to mobilise voters and put across the EU’s benefits more effectively to prevent Brexit.

  • Events

    The Strategic Aspects of Space

    19 April 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Sir Martin Sweeting, Founder and Executive Chairman, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd
    Arundel House, London
    Tuesday 19 April 2016, 12.30-1.30PM BST

  • Politics and Strategy

    Matthew Harries: Party politics and bad luck are dragging Britain towards Brexit

    12 April 2016.  David Cameron is a weak prime minister leading a divided government. The peculiar thing about this assertion is that it is true now, and not a year ago, when Cameron was in charge of a two-party coalition government, a rarity in British politics. In May 2015 Cameron won an extraordinary general-election victory, becoming the first full-term incumbent prime minister since 1832 to increase both his party’s share of the vote...

  • IISS Voices

    Nigel Inkster: Terrorism, Europe and Brexit

    29 March 2016.  The recent terrorist attacks in Belgium and France have provoked debate about whether the UK would be safer in or out of the EU. Nigel Inkster argues that cooperation, not fragmentation, is needed for modern counter-terrorism.

  • IISS Voices

    Alexander Nicoll: Ten strategic questions about Brexit

    10 March 2016.  Recent strategic challenges have required cooperative, Europe-wide solutions – a vote in favour of ‘Brexit’ would leave Britain isolated and with fewer options in the face of such challenges, finds Alexander Nicoll.

  • Events

    The Road from Sarajevo: British Army Operations in Bosnia 1995-96

    10 March 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Brigadier (Retd) Ben Barry, Senior Fellow for Land Warfare
    Arundel House, London
    Thursday 10 March 2016, 5.30-6.30PM GMT

  • Events

    The Future Operating Environment 2035

    09 March 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Rear Admiral John Kingwell, Royal Navy; Director, UK Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre, Ministry of Defence
    Arundel House, London
    Wednesday 9 March 2016, 12-1pm GMT

  • Politics and Strategy

    Matthew Harries: To keep Britain in the EU, avoid the Emma Thompson trap

    23 February 2016.  The idea that Britain matters is something that matters to the British. In fact, it is an idea that might take Britain out of the European Union. When the actor Emma Thompson joked that she came from a tiny, ‘misery-laden, cake-filled’ island, she made the front page of the Sun. Britons, self-deprecating or not, do not like being made to feel small, and the notion that it is the UK...

  • IISS Voices

    Alexander Nicoll: As Cameron prepares to square up to EU, future of UK and Europe hangs in the balance

    16 February 2016.  Although a deal granting some concessions to the UK is expected to be struck at the EU summit in Brussels on 18–19 February, the future of the UK, and of Europe itself, will nonetheless remain in the balance ahead of a British referendum on UK membership, writes Alexander Nicoll.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Ben Barry: Modernising the British Army’s Armoured Fighting Vehicles

    10 February 2016.  By Ben Barry, Senior Fellow for Land Warfare The Military Balance 2016 contains an assessment of modern armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs), examining significant technology developments in key AFV manufacturing states. It concludes that the combination of firepower, protection, mobility and capacity means that a wide range of tracked and wheeled armoured vehicles will continue to play key roles across the spectrum of combat, notably high-intensity land combat, and particularly in urban...

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