The International System and the Ukraine Crisis

    20 September 2014. 

    Global Strategic Review 2014 Keynote Session
    Professor François Heisbourg, Chairman of the Council, IISS; Special Adviser, Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique 
    Dr Igor Yurgens, Chairman, Institute of Contemporary Development; Member of the Council, IISS 
    Dr Samuel Charap, Senior Fellow for Russia and Eurasia, IISS-US

  • GSR

    Iran: Towards an Endgame?

    20 September 2014. 

    Global Strategic Review 2014 Second Plenary Session
    Seyed Hossein Mousavian, Former Head, Foreign Relations Committee, Supreme National Security Council, Iran,  
    Professor Ghassan Salamé, Dean, Paris School of International Affairs, Sciences Po; Member of the Council, IISS
    Dr Gary Samore Former White House Coordinator for Arms Control and Weapons of Mass Destruction

  • Survival

    Threatlessness and US Grand Strategy

    17 September 2014.  In the October–November 2014 issue of Survival,

  • Survival

    Maxed Out?

    17 September 2014. 

    Two new books paint a picture of Obama’s grand strategy as one not of maximalism or retrenchment, but of restraint.

  • Survival

    Mastering the Endgame of War

    17 September 2014. 

    When fighting looms, leaders often focus on the opening rounds rather than ultimate strategic success. The US may be particularly prone to neglect the conflict endgame.

  • Survival

    The Ukraine Impasse

    17 September 2014. 

    Russia’s actions in Ukraine, and the US and EU response, have made even a discussion of the issues, let alone a new agreement on the underlying principles, seem like a distant fantasy.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Dana H. Allin: Is Obama a too-reluctant warrior?

    15 September 2014.  My colleague Ben Barry has posted an excellent analysis of the military virtues and disadvantages of the strategy against ISIS that President Obama laid out in his speech last week. As I read Ben’s assessment, the strategy that has emerged since June is working reasonably well to halt the ISIS advance, and has a reasonable chance of further success. The political problems and contradictions in assembling an effective coalition are...

  • Strategic Survey

    Chapter 13: Prospectives

    13 September 2014. 

    The developments tracked in Strategic Survey 2014 suggest that there are a number of broad themes that will shape assessments of possible political change that could have a security and business impact. 

  • IISS Voices

    Ben Barry: Degrading ISIS – a military assessment of President Obama’s strategy

    11 September 2014.  Alexander Nicoll, Editor of Strategic Survey, discusses the possible repercussions of a ‘No’ vote victory in the Scottish referendum. Whatever the outcome of the vote, says Nicoll, there will be serious debate regarding how to proceed, and the constitutional model that will emerge out of those discussions is difficult to predict. However, the result is unlikely to change Britain’s standing as a significant player on the world stage. ...

  • Expert Commentary

    ABC News: Islamic State can be defeated

    10 September 2014.  Former MI6 deputy, Nigel Inkster, says that the Islamic State military group can be beaten in Iraq and Syria but there are conditions. Watch the Interview LEIGH SALES, PRESENTER: The case of Amira Karroum is far from isolated, with thousands of foreigners believed to be part of the fight in Syria and Iraq. The potential threat if they return home is one of the reasons that Australia, the United States and other...

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