• Shangri-La Voices

    Does President Trump Tweet for the United States?

    06 June 2017.  By Dana Allin, Senior Fellow for American Foreign Policy and Transatlantic Affairs The current American president is like a black hole, extending an irresistible gravitational field that shapes and pulls almost the totality of our thoughts, attention and discourse. Part of this is the nature of the office, a kind of elected executive monarchy that combines immense power and immense symbolic representation to attract, even in normal times, inordinate attention, such...

  • Events

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

    02 June 2017. 

    Book Launch
    Brigadier (Retired) Ben Barry OBE, Senior Fellow for Land Warfare, IISS
    IISS Shangri-La Dialogue
    Peony Room, Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore
    22 Orange Grove Road, 258350
    Friday 2 June 2017, 3–4pm SGT

  • Shangri-La Voices

    Developing the Five Power Defence Arrangements

    01 June 2017.  The Five Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA) is a low-profile regional security institution between Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and the United Kingdom. In this article for the Straits Times, Tim Huxley argues that while the original reasons for the FPDA's formation have become redundant, some thought and energy could enable it to play an important role in the stability of Southeast Asia.

  • Strategic Comments

    The Manchester terrorist bombing

    31 May 2017. 

    The 22 May jihadist bombing in Manchester followed a grimly familiar pattern: an individual with Middle Eastern roots but born in his Western host country – radicalised in a 'field of jihad' and by local events – chose a 'soft' target and took mass casualties. The best way forward, albeit unspectacular, is to extract operational lessons, resist militarising homeland security, and incrementally improve and refine the law enforcement and intelligence approach to counter-terrorism.

  • Strategic Comments

    The WannaCry ransomware attack

    23 May 2017. 

    The worldwide 'WannaCry' ransomware attack of uncertain origin earlier this month did little lasting damage. Nevertheless, it indicated widespread vulnerability to threats from outlier states and non-state actors, which pose the greatest risks to cyber security. While governments and industry should adopt a more systematic and anticipatory approach to minimising such threats, they are unlikely to treat the attack as a major wake-up call.

  • Survival

    Noteworthy

    16 May 2017.  In the June–July 2017 issue, Hal Brands and Peter Feaver explore whether different US policy choices between 2003 and 2014 could have stopped the rise of ISIS; James Dobbins and Seth G. Jones ask what strategic choices can ensure that ISIS’s imminent loss of its remaining territorial strongholds will mean lasting defeat; Fabrice Pothier highlights the necessity of an area-access strategy for NATO; Tim Huxley and Benjamin Schreer analyse Donald...

  • Survival

    The Benefits of Hindsight: Historical Research and Political Accountability

    16 May 2017.  The only fair test when evaluating policymakers’ judgements is to ask whether a decision was reasonable given what was known at the time.

  • Survival

    Does Brexit Threaten Peace in Northern Ireland?

    16 May 2017.  The United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union may have hastened the coming of a united Ireland.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Striking a balance: the British Army’s new strike brigades

    02 May 2017.  The British Army’s Strike Experimentation Group will this year begin exploring a mixed brigade-size fleet of tracked and wheeled armoured vehicles as it continues to pursue a separate approach to a ‘medium-weight’ combined-arms brigade than that adopted by the United States and French armies.

  • IISS Voices

    IISS Cyber Report: 6 to 12 April

    13 April 2017.  Our weekly digest of the world's cyber security news.

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