• Events

    Beyond the Iraq Inquiry: fresh perspectives on Britain’s difficult war

    10 October 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Brigadier (Retd) Ben Barry, Senior Fellow for Land Warfare, IISS
    Arundel House, London
    Monday 10 October 2016, 12.30–1.30PM BST

  • IISS Voices

    The bitter war to stabilise southern Iraq - British Army report declassified

    10 October 2016.  A British Army report into the post-conflict stabilisation of Iraq has just been declassified. Here, the report is published and its author – IISS Senior Fellow for Land Warfare Ben Barry – explains some of its uncomfortable conclusions.

  • Survival

    EU–Iran Relations After Brexit

    12 September 2016. 

    The impending exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union paves the way for strategic EU–Iran engagement that is separate from UK–Iran talks.

  • Survival

    Brexit: What Have We Learned So Far?

    12 September 2016. 

    For Europe and for the United Kingdom, the Brexit vote was only the beginning of a long and messy process.

  • Survival

    Britain’s Difficult War in Iraq

    12 September 2016. 

    The Chilcot report contains a wealth of evidence and analysis to show that, throughout the Iraq War, Britain was lacking in competent strategic leadership.

  • Strategic Comments

    The international politics of climate change after Brexit

    31 August 2016. 

    The Paris Agreement provides a framework for achieving cuts in greenhouse-gas emissions that could mitigate the worst of global warming, and there has been a trend of increased participation and stronger national institutional support, cooperation and ambition towards that end. Among EU states, the United Kingdom has led that trend for three decades. The uncertainty introduced by the Brexit vote may weaken it.

  • Strategic Comments

    European air combat capabilities

    13 July 2016. 

    The United Kingdom electorate's unanticipated vote to leave the European Union risks worrying NATO allies about the UK's reliability as a defence partner at a time when Russian threats appear to be rising. To allay this concern, the British government could expand its customary multinational collaboration with European partners on defence aerospace projects, such as a new crewed combat aircraft.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Douglas Barrie: UK trumpets defence deals at Farnborough

    12 July 2016.  The British government announced defence deals with the United States worth over US$6 billion on the first day of the 2016 Farnborough International Air Show. The two key projects – for nine P-8 Poseidon anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft and 50 US AH-64E Apache attack helicopters – will be undertaken by Boeing. Douglas Barrie examines how the deals will work.

  • Survival

    The Meaning of Britain’s Departure

    11 July 2016. 

    The British vote to leave the EU is an unprecedented first step towards the West’s formal disintegration.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Ben Barry: Women in combat

    11 July 2016.  Last week the British Army announced that it would remove all remaining restrictions on the participation of women in ground combat. This follows the 2013 announcement of then-US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta that US forces would in principle lift all restrictions on the employment of women in ground combat units. The US Army, Marine Corps and Special Operations Command (SOCOM) would have to make a special case for continuing to...

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