• IISS Voices

    Strategic Snapshots: Britain’s confusing election

    30 March 2015.  Alexander Nicoll, IISS Senior Fellow for Geo-economics and Defence, explains how Britain’s next government hinges on the outcome of a ‘confused’ set of circumstances leading up to the May 7 general election. If, as opinion polls suggest, no single party wins an overall majority, negotiations led either by the Conservatives or Labour would almost certainly prove more complicated than in May 2010, and could even force fresh polls...

  • Expert Commentary

    RIAC: The future of the British nuclear deterrent - more of the same?

    26 March 2015.  By Matthew Cottee, Research Analyst, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme In 2016 the British government will have to decide on the future of its nuclear deterrent. Before then however, there is a national election (to be held on May, 7, 2015) to determine the composition of those decision-makers tasked with the job. While it appears likely that the deterrent will undergo modernisation, the issue is gaining more political attention and experiencing heightened...

  • Survival

    Britain’s Confusing Election

    25 March 2015. 

    A lack of distinctive major-party visions means that, in Britain’s May general election, a great deal hinges on the outcome of a confused set of circumstances.

  • IISS Voices

    Maxime Humeau: Countering Ebola in Sierra Leone - the British military contribution

    20 March 2015.  By Maxime Humeau, Land Warfare Research Assistant In the spring of 2014, several West African countries reported of what was to become the widest and most lethal Ebola epidemic in history. By mid-July the spread of the virus in Sierra Leone had outpaced the infection in Guinea and Liberia combined. The amplifying emergency drove the United Kingdom to deploy a force of 750 uniformed personnel to the country on October the...

  • IISS Voices

    Nigel Inkster: Privacy and security

    12 March 2015.  By Nigel Inkster, Director of Transnational Threats and Political Risk As a result of the revelations by rogue NSA contractor Edward Snowden on the scope of global telecommunications monitoring undertaken by the NSA and its ‘Five Eyes’ partner, the UK’s Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) carried out a comprehensive review of the communications intercept and surveillance activities undertaken by the UK intelligence agencies. This report was one of the first...

  • Expert Commentary

    BBC Radio 4 Today: Surveillance and civil liberties

    12 March 2015.  Today Programme interview with by Nigel Inkster, Director of Transnational Threats and Political Risk The parliamentary committee that oversees the work of Britain's spies is this morning publishing a report into surveillance and civil liberties. The Intelligence and Security Committee began its inquiry in 2013, in the wake of revelations from the American security contractor Edward Snowden about the nature of British and American intelligence gathering. This week the Foreign Secretary...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Erik Jones: Brexit and Grexit, Process and Event

    11 March 2015.  Two of the great risks facing the European Union (EU) economy are the exit of Greece from the euro area and the exit – or distancing – of the United Kingdom from the EU. It is easy to think of these threats as similar, even if only because they have similarly catchy names to use in popular debate. But King's College London Professor Anand Menon reminded me in a recent conference call...

  • Events

    Countering Ebola in Sierra Leone: The British Military Contribution

    11 March 2015. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Brigadier Steve McMahon
    Commander 104th Logistic Support Brigade, British Army
    Arundel House, London
    Wednesday 11 March 2015

  • Politics and Strategy

    Jeffrey Mazo: Northern Exposure Redux

    04 March 2015.  When I gave evidence last July to the House of Lords Select Committee on the Arctic, on the topic of defence security, the last question from the chairman was, ‘Bringing us back to the UK, what one thing, within this context, should the UK do or definitely not do? Could you give me something on the way this works?’ My colleague Christian Le Mière addressed the question of military and...

  • Military Balance Blog

    Ben Barry: Prospects for the United Kingdom's armed forces in 2015 and beyond

    03 March 2015.  By Ben Barry, Senior Fellow for Land Warfare As is detailed in The Military Balance 2015, the UK is still the fifth biggest defence spender in the world, and it remains the second biggest spender in NATO. In addition to this, as Ben Barry notes, the British armed forces continue to uphold a reputation for professionalism and effectiveness. But, the 8-9% decrease in the UK military defence budget as compared to...

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