• Strategic Comments

    The Ban Treaty arrives

    26 July 2017. 

    The text of the recently negotiated Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons released on 7 July, approved by a vote of 122-1, is likely to be approved by the UN General Assembly and ratified. While none of the nuclear-weapons states or their allies favours the treaty, it marks the rejection of their customary consensus-based approach. Accordingly, the status quo will continue, but now faces a more invigorated and unified opposition.

  • Events

    Harsh Lessons: Iraq, Afghanistan and the Changing Character of War

    20 July 2017. 

    Brigadier (Retired) Ben Barry OBE, Senior Fellow for Land Warfare, IISS
    Chaired by Nick Childs, Senior Fellow for Naval Forces and Maritime Security, IISS
    Arundel House, London

  • IISS Voices

    On Iran, US and Europe may go their separate ways

    18 July 2017.  Washington is becoming increasingly confrontational when it comes to Iran and the future of the nuclear deal, while European policymakers have been at pains to emphasise its importance. As Paulina Izewicz explains, Europe appears increasingly ready to chart its own course.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Can Franco-German cooperation deliver a new European defence?

    14 July 2017.  While Europe could certainly do with more capabilities and cooperation, a more fundamental change of strategic mindset in Paris and Berlin is required if Europe is to build a more autonomous defence capability. Fabrice Pothier looks beyond recent statements and announcements to examine what their true policy positions are.

  • Military Balance Blog

    New Franco-German combat-aircraft programme: a reminder of UK’s uncertain position

    14 July 2017.  A new agreement between France and Germany to develop a new combat-aircraft programme will undoubtedly draw the two nations closer in terms of overall defence cooperation. But, as Douglas Barrie observes, the decision has also underlined how the UK’s Brexit vote risks undermining its credibility as a potential partner in future European defence programmes.

  • Military Balance Blog

    UK Type-26 Frigate order: one big step forward, but...

    04 July 2017.  The Type-26 frigate has huge potential to bolster the Royal Navy’s surface combatant capability. However, equally important will be the UK government’s ability to produce a more robust and disciplined naval procurement model.

  • IISS Voices

    New UK carrier sets sail: a sea change for the programme?

    26 June 2017.  The maiden departure of HMS Queen Elizabeth is doubtless a bold statement about the UK’s strategic ambition. But, as Nick Childs explains, the strategic credibility of the investment hangs on whether the UK is truly committed to delivering a full carrier-based power projection capability. 

  • Military Balance Blog

    Berlin looks to build Future Combat Aircraft System consortium

    19 June 2017.  Germany is looking at the potential of building a next-generation combat aircraft with at least France, Spain and Sweden as possible partners. There are indications that preliminary talks with these nations have already taken place. 

  • Politics and Strategy

    The perils of the DUP’s national empowerment

    16 June 2017.  The Conservative Party–DUP coalition could destabilise Ireland, particularly in the midst of Brexit, argues Jonathan Stevenson.

  • Events

    Confronting the 'silent killer' – Commander Chishty on policing violent extremism

    09 June 2017. 

    Discussion meeting
    Commander Mak Chishty QPM, Metropolitan Police Service
    Chaired by Nigel Inkster, Director of Future Conflict and Cyber Security, IISS
    Arundel House, London
    Friday 9 June, 12.30-1.30pm BST

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