• 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

  • Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: Let’s not judge an Iranian nuclear deal before we see it

    30 March 2015.  Despite the presence of ministers from  the seven states involved, it’s no surprise that the Iran nuclear talks did not reach an agreement over the weekend. Facing severe pressure from domestic sceptics, the Iranian and American negotiators in particular have to show that they fought hard until the very end. The ‘end’ in this situation is not well defined. The 31 March deadline for reaching an understanding was self-imposed and can...

  • Survival

    Towards a More Modest American Strategy

    25 March 2015. 

    The debate over national-security strategy in Washington is seemingly bracketed by two similar choices: sustaining American primacy and expanding American primacy.

  • Survival

    Understanding US Retrenchment in Europe

    25 March 2015. 

    Notwithstanding the crisis in Ukraine, the US will strive to maintain a maximum degree of influence in Europe through minimal presence and effort.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Erik Jones: The Dollar, the Euro, and the Currencies in Between

    20 March 2015.  Two of the most important macroeconomic stories today are dollar strength and euro weakness. The dollar strength story is important because it threatens to sap momentum from the US economic recovery and to give pause to monetary-policy makers on the federal open-markets committee of the US Federal Reserve as they consider when to start raising interest rates. The euro weakness story is important for the opposite reason, because it promises...

  • Events

    Intelligence and Policy in an Era of Transparency

    19 March 2015. 

    IISS-US Policy Makers Series
    Dr Gregory Treverton
    Chairman, National Intelligence Council
    Chair: Nigel Inkster
    Director of Transnational Threats and Political Risk, IISS
    IISS-US, Washington DC
    Thursday 19 March 2015, 10:30am-11:30pm EDT/3:30-4:30pm GMT

  • Expert Commentary

    Emile Hokayem on Syria

    17 March 2015.  As the war in Syria enters its fifth year and US Secretary of State John Kerry floats the idea of opening negotiations with President Assad, Emile Hokayem, IISS Senior Fellow for Middle East Security and author of Syria’s Uprising and the Fracturing of the Levant, sees little hope for an imminent resolution to the conflict. On prospects for an end to the conflict: 'The levels of violence may drop because a lot...

  • Adelphi Books

    Power Shifts and New Blocs in the Global Trading System

    10 March 2015.  As economic powers from the developing world, particularly China, have emerged in the past few decades, their weight has altered the balance in the global trading system. In this volume, leading commentators – including two former heads of the WTO – examine the possible consequences of this shifting trade landscape.

  • Adelphi Books

    Introduction: Power shifts and new blocs in global trade

    08 March 2015. 

    While the post-war open trading regime, with its preferential treatment of developing countries, was in fact designed and implemented by the United States, the US itself is under geo-economic pressure from a rising new ‘mega-trader’.

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