• The Military Balance

    Chapter 1, Part I: Directed energy weapons: finally coming of age?

    02 December 2015.  Laser weapons
    US naval laser research
    Other defence-related laser research
    Radio-frequency weapons
    Challenges to and ramifications of RF weapon use

  • Events

    Strange Bedfellows: Shifting Alliances in the Middle East

    28 April 2015. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Sir John Jenkins, Executive Director, IISS-Middle East
    Emile Hokayem, Senior Fellow for Regional Security, IISS-Middle East
    IISS-US, Washington DC
    Tuesday 28 April 2015

  • Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: South Korea nuclear cooperation deal not as simple as 123

    23 April 2015.  After five years of negotiation, the United States and the Republic of Korea (ROK) concluded a new nuclear-energy cooperation agreement on 22 April. As a non-proliferation wonk, I am pleased that Washington stuck to non-proliferation principles in resisting further expansion of sensitive nuclear technologies. As a Korea hand, (having served my first diplomatic posting in Seoul and fallen in love with the country), I am pleased that the updated agreement...

  • Expert Commentary

    Foreign Affairs: Who Lost Libya?

    21 April 2015.  Obama’s Intervention in Retrospect Foreign Affairs May/June 2015

  • Events

    Military Balance 2015: US Launch

    21 April 2015. 

    Book Launch
    Dr Bastian Giegerich, Director of Defence and Military Analysis, IISS
    James Hackett, Senior Fellow for Defence and Military Analysis; Editor of The Military Balance
    Brigadier (Retd) Ben Barry, OBE, Senior Fellow for Land Warfare, IISS
    Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace, IISS
    Giri Rajendran, Research Associate for Defence and Economics, IISS
    IISS-US, Washington DC
    Tuesday 21 April 2015

  • Expert Commentary

    Problems in Post-Communism: Making Sense of Russian Foreign Policy

    17 April 2015.  Introduction to a special issue of Problems of Post-Communism guest edited by Samuel Charap, Senior Fellow for Russia and Eurasia, and Cory Welt Russian foreign policy in the Putin era has drawn particular attention, and even praise, from the realist school of international relations scholars. John J. Mearsheimer, for example, has written that “Putin and his compatriots have been thinking and acting according to realist dictates” in their policy toward Ukraine. Indeed, senior Russian...

  • Events

    Russia and the West: A New Cold War?

    15 April 2015. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Matthew Kroenig
    Senior Fellow, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, Atlantic Council 
    Jeremy Shapiro
    Fellow, Foreign Policy Program, Brookings Institution
    Chair: Dana Allin
    Senior Fellow for US Foreign Policy and Transatlantic Affairs and Editor of Survival, IISS
    IISS-US, Washington DC
    Wednesday 15 April 2015

  • IISS Voices

    Ben Barry: Countering ISIS in Iraq - from containment to counter-attack

    13 April 2015. 

  • Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: Iran nuclear framework is a win for all sides

    03 April 2015.  The framework for an Iran nuclear deal that negotiators reached on 2 April is a win for all involved, not just for the eight parties involved, but for the region and the world as a whole. If the details can be fleshed out by the 30 June deadline and opponents in Washington and Tehran do not derail diplomacy, the resulting agreement will prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons for at...

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