• Events

    After the Deadline: Assessing the Nuclear Negotiations with Iran

    28 November 2014. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Ali Ghezelbash,
    Independent Strategic Consultant
    Rouzbeh Parsi,
    Director, European Iran Research Group (EIRG)
    Ariane Tabatabai,
    Associate, Belfer Center, Harvard Kennedy School
    Arundel House, London
    Friday 28 November 2014, 12:30-2pm

  • Events

    Countering ISIS: Assessing International Efforts to Counter the Threats Posed by ISIS

    27 November 2014. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Ben Barry, Senior Fellow for Land Warfare, IISS
    Toby Dodge, Professor of International Relations, LSE; Consulting Senior Fellow for the Middle East, IISS
    Emile Hokayem, Senior Fellow for Middle East Security, IISS
    Nigel Inkster, Director for Transnational Threats and Political Risk, IISS
    Arundel House, London
    Thursday 27 November 2014, 12:30-1:30pm

  • Events

    Sustaining the Space Environment

    21 November 2014. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Frank Rose
    Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Space and Defense Policy, US
    Arundel House, London
    Friday 21 November 2014, 10-11am

  • Politics and Strategy

    Darby Arakelian and James P. Farwell: Credibility is the key to exposing ISIS

    19 November 2014.  The images of Christians crucified, innocent civilians shot in the head and journalists brutally beheaded by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) – in Arabic, Da’esh – play like a scene out of Dante’s Inferno. Retired Marine General John Allen calls the extremists’ propaganda machine ‘cruelly effective’ and argues that defeating ISIS requires exposing it as the ‘un-Islamic, criminal cult of violence that it really is’. His solution is...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Dana H. Allin: US Politics and the Climate Deal

    18 November 2014.  It is now two weeks to the day since President Obama’s party suffered another ‘shellacking’ – though he didn’t use the word this time – in midterm elections. There was much immediate chatter about the president’s supposedly diminished power at home and abroad. In a couple of news interviews and a blog post, I tried to put this in context. In terms of structural power relations in US domestic politics...

  • IISS Voices

    Matthew Cottee: The 2016 Nuclear Security Summit – a bridge too far for Obama?

    12 November 2014.  By Matthew Cottee, Research Analyst, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme In a serious setback to Barack Obama’s presidential legacy, last week Russia announced that it will boycott the final Nuclear Security Summit (NSS), an international gathering of world leaders convened to discuss how to prevent the threat of nuclear terrorism. The fourth iteration of the event, to be held in the United States in 2016, was apparently requested by Obama personally, despite...

  • Events

    Cyber Warfare and Sino-American Crisis Instability

    12 November 2014. 

    IISS-US Lecture Series
    The Honorable David C. Gompert
    Distinguished Professor at the Center for Cyber Security Studies, US Naval Academy, Adjunct Senior Fellow at RAND Corporation, and Chairman of the Board of Global Integrated Security  
    Dr. Martin Libicki
    Distinguished Professor at the Center for Cyber Security Studies, US Naval Academy and Senior Management Scientist at RAND Corporation
    IISS-US, Washington DC
    Wednesday 12 November 2014, 3-4pm EST/8-9pm GMT

  • Politics and Strategy

    Dana H. Allin: Republicans’ very good night

    05 November 2014.  The Democrats’ defeat in Tuesday’s US mid-term elections was somewhat worse than expected – but it was expected nonetheless. Even though the Republicans won the Senate by a decisive margin, not much in the structure of American political power will change. American governance was structurally gridlocked on Monday, and it remains so today, if marginally more so. This is because there is simply no significant legislation the president can get through...

  • IISS Voices

    Ben Barry: The anti-ISIS coalition - military plans and political risks

    24 October 2014. 

  • Military Balance Blog

    H.R. McMaster: Thinking Clearly about War and the Future of Warfare – The US Army Operating Concept

    23 October 2014.  By Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, Consulting Senior Fellow Difficulties encountered by Western armed forces in recent armed conflicts have stemmed, at least in part, from a tendency to neglect both history and continuities in the nature of war, especially its political and human dimensions. What military and civilian leaders learn from recent experience is important because those lessons influence operational planning and force development. Prospects for learning lessons that acknowledge continuities...

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