• Events

    Western Defence Reassurances to Gulf Arabs After the Iran Deal: Are We on the Same Page?

    21 April 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Ellen Laipson, Distinguished Fellow and President Emeritus, Stimson Center
    Michael Eisenstadt, Military and Security Studies Program Director, The Washington Institute
    Caroline Hurndall MBE, Head of Middle East Team, British Embassy Washington
    Bilal Saab, Resident Senior Fellow for Middle East Security, Atlantic Council
    IISS–Americas, Washington DC
    Thursday 21 April 2016, 10–11.30AM EDT

  • IISS Voices

    Jonathan Stevenson: Ratcheting up US military involvement in Syria and Iraq

    21 April 2016.  The US Defense Department has announced increases in the number of special-operations forces to be deployed in Syria, and enhancements to their missions in Iraq. Jonathan Stevenson analyses the strategic and political implications of this move.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: Overcoming hurdles in implementing the Iran nuclear deal

    20 April 2016.  Nine months after the nuclear deal with Iran was struck, last July, and three months after it went into force, in January, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is proving its worth. Iran is keeping to the agreed limits on its uranium enrichment and other nuclear technologies, in exchange for which it is benefiting from sanctions relief. Both Iran and its Western antagonists blame the other side, however, for...

  • Events

    IISS Survival Seminar: Donald Trump's America

    18 April 2016. 

    Survival Seminar
    Dr Dana Allin, Senior Fellow and Editor of Survival, IISS
    Arundel House, London
    Monday 18 April 2016, 12.30–1.30PM BST

  • Politics and Strategy

    Faisal Hamid: The fear of American Muslims

    18 April 2016.  Islamophobia, in the sense of a fear of Islam, was an appropriate term after 11 September 2001. The hijackers were ostensibly Muslim; al-Qaeda used Islam to justify the attacks. My fourth-grade classmates told stories about how the hijackers’ religion instructed them to kill. They were genuinely afraid. Since then, the nature of their fear, and the fear of others like them, has changed. When Barack Obama was elected president, 12%...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: Getting serious about North Korea

    15 April 2016.  In a talk at the Harvard Belfer Center on 6 April, I argued that it is time to get serious about North Korea, by giving concerted, high-level attention to both sanctions and diplomacy. Pyongyang’s failed test launch of the medium-range mobile ballistic missile dubbed the Musudan underscores the danger and the need. Over the past three years, world leaders focused intently on the Iranian nuclear challenge, and through a careful combination...

  • Events

    Iran Nuclear Deal Implementation: Hiccups and Hurdles

    14 April 2016. 

    Corporate Breakfast
    Mark Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, IISS–Americas
    Arundel House, London
    Thursday 14 April 2016, 8–9AM BST

  • Expert Commentary

    Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: US–Russian relations - The middle cannot hold

    14 April 2016.  By Dr Samuel Charap, Senior Fellow for Russia and Eurasia, and Jeremy Shapiro, Research Director at the European Council on Foreign Relations US–Russian relations have been in a downward spiral since Vladimir Putin took the fateful decision to invade Crimea in February 2014. More than two years later, the situation is as grave as it has been since the heated days of the Cold War, in the early 1980s. Russia and...

  • Strategic Comments

    The tenuous diplomacy of the Syrian conflict

    12 April 2016. 

    International diplomacy with respect to the Syrian conflict has been episodic and generally ineffective. Greater engagement by the Syrian regime and the passage of UN Security Council Resolution 2254 in support of negotiations on Syria's political transition have improved prospects for a political solution. But the parties remain far apart on the role of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in a political transition, and therefore still face a steep uphill climb.

  • Events

    Evolution of the Cyber Domain: The Implications for National and Global Security

    05 April 2016.  Book Launch
    Nigel Inkster, Director of Future Conflict and Cyber Security, IISS
    Eneken Tikk-Ringas, Consulting Senior Fellow for Future Conflict and Cyber Security, IISS
    Mika Kerttunen, Director of Research, Cyber Policy Institute
    IISS–Americas, Washington DC
    Tuesday 5 April, 10-11am EDT

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