• Expert Commentary

    The Hindu: After the nuclear step, the big leap

    28 January 2015.  By Sanjaya Baru, Director for Geo-economics and Strategy For the new Modi-Obama vision to succeed, India would need a more agile management of its international engagement on the economic and political sides considering the fact that the two leaders have agreed to elevate their strategic dialogue to include strategy and commerce It is a measure of how important the India-United States civil nuclear agreement was to the bilateral relationship that even Prime...

  • IISS Voices

    Sanjaya Baru: The geo-economics of the Delhi Declaration

    26 January 2015.  By Sanjaya Baru, Director for Geo-economics and Strategy A decade and a half ago, in January 2000, Condoleezza Rice wrote a perceptive essay in an influential journal on what constitutes American national interest at the dawn of a new millennium. There, for the first time, an prominent American strategic analyst urged her national leadership to take India seriously.  What then began as the ‘first steps’ in a new US–India relationship led to...

  • Expert Commentary

    National Interest: For Ukraine, Weakness Could Be Its Greatest Strength

    21 January 2015.  By Samuel Charap, Senior Fellow for Russia and Eurasia, and Tymofiy Mylovanov The United States and the EU have demonstrated significant commitment to Ukraine’s success since the Maidan revolution. However, no Western leader has ever suggested that Ukraine has a blank check—that the Western commitment is without limits. Instead, as evidenced by the measured extent of financial and military assistance to Ukraine, this commitment is both limited and conditional. In particular, if...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Dana H. Allin: Obama's Luck

    21 January 2015.  Ronald Reagan was a lucky president. He entered the White House in an era of American malaise. The country had been humiliated by revolutionary Iranians who held American diplomats hostage in their own embassy for 444 days. The economy had a suffered a novel and demoralising mix of high inflation and slow growth, aggravated by consecutive oil-price shocks. After a period of détente, US–Soviet confrontation had entered a very serious...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Steven Simon: Defeat Iran in Syria?

    08 January 2015.  I’ve been tracking the arguments in favour of the United States intervening as a combatant in Syria’s civil war. They are varied and all make a certain amount of sense, even where they fail to explain how US interests would be served by intervention. This isn’t to say that US strategic interest is the sole legitimate premise for intervention, only that it’s reasonable to think that a calculation of interest...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: Rouhani is keen to strike a nuclear deal

    06 January 2015.  Given the strength of hardliners in Iran and the red lines that have been laid down by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, I have been pessimistic about the prospects for a negotiated settlement to the nuclear crisis. In a good start to the new year, however, President Hassan Rouhani has threatened to go over their heads by putting the matter directly to the Iranian people. In an astonishing speech at...

  • Expert Commentary

    IISS in the Press

    05 January 2015.  After rapid advances, Isis may have staying power The Guardian, 26 December If 2014 can be described as the year of the Islamic State, it is a fair bet that the jihadi group Barack Obama has pledged to ‘degrade and ultimately destroy’ will continue to dominate headlines from the Middle East in 2015. Past investments and current oil interests mean the US has been prioritising Iraq over Syria. The dysfunctional Iraqi army, humiliated...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Dana H. Allin: A dismal reaction to the torture report

    19 December 2014.  It has now been a week and some days since the US Senate Intelligence Committee released the unclassified summary of its detailed report on the CIA’s systematic torture of terrorist suspects after 9/11. My colleague Nigel Inkster has already reflected on the dispiriting contents. Although it covers facts that ‘have never been the subject of serious dispute’, what the report does make clear is that ‘greater levels of brutality had...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Dana H. Allin: Reason, Finally, on Cuba

    17 December 2014.  When news broke today on the Obama administration’s breakthrough of diplomatic relations with Cuba, I thought back to the Survival article by Linda Robinson advocating these steps. What I didn’t quite remember was that this article was published more than 14 years ago. That’s a long time, but only a fraction of the time that America’s embargo and policies of isolation against its neighbor have been a stunning and manifest failure. It...

  • Strategic Comments

    US Navy seeks to maintain supremacy

    16 December 2014. 

    To other navies, the US Navy remains indisputably the world’s pre-eminent military maritime force. But it considers itself to be spread thinly and is reviewing its maritime strategy.

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