• 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...

  • IISS Voices

    John Drennan: The new landscape of European security

    16 October 2014.  By John Drennan, Research Assistant, Russia and Eurasia Programme NATO is entering its fifth phase as it assesses its role post-Afghanistan, according to Derek Chollet, US Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs. This new phase focuses on issues much closer to home, as the Alliance works together to fight against the threat of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) and faces the crisis in Ukraine.  Speaking at...

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter Three: Perceptions, postures and instability

    16 October 2014.  China and Japan are, according to some observers, locked in a security dilemma, where mutual mistrust leads each to pursue defensive measures that the other regards as threatening.

  • Adelphi Books

    Conclusion

    16 October 2014. 

    Achieving political understanding between Beijing and Tokyo will not be easy, but continuing with the current course would be an exercise in folly.

  • Expert Commentary

    Australian Outlook: Tailhooking in the South China Sea - A Visit to the Supercarrier USS Carl Vinson

    15 October 2014.  By Alexander Neill, Shangri-La Dialogue Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific Security Stepping onto the deck of the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) on 30 September, a group of recently initiated ‘honorary tailhookers’ (an International Institute for Strategic Studies Shangri-La Dialogue Senior Fellow amongst them), emerged from the cabin of the C-2 Greyhound aircraft which had flown them out to the carrier from Singapore’s Paya Lebar airbase. The group, including diplomats and Singapore Armed...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Jeffrey Mazo: Under the volcano

    14 October 2014.  Fifty-two years ago, on 12 October 1962, the ‘Columbus Day Storm’ smashed into the Pacific Northwest region of North America, causing at least $2 billion in damage in today’s money and interrupting electricity supplies to many areas for weeks. By some measures it was the most powerful extratropical storm to hit the United States in the twentieth century, and more powerful than Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Many tropical hurricanes, to...

  • Events

    Changing Asia-a Japanese Perspective: How to Read Asia Today

    13 October 2014. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Ichiro Fujisaki 
    President, America–Japan Society, Inc;
    Distinguished Professor and Chairman of International Strategies, Sophia University, Tokyo;
    Distinguished Professor, Keio University, Tokyo;
    Former Ambassador of Japan to the US
    Arundel House, London
    Monday, 13 October 2014

  • IISS Voices

    Douglas Barrie: US arms control policy in the face of a resurgent Russia

    08 October 2014.  By Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace Russia's behaviour over Ukraine has called into question the assumptions underpinning the US's approach to strategic deterrence that have been in place since the end of the Cold War, according to Elbridge Colby, the Robert M. Gates Fellow at the Center for a New American Security. Speaking at the IISS on 6 October, on the subject of ‘US Arms Control Policy and...

  • Events

    The New Landscape of European Security

    08 October 2014. 

    IISS-US Policy Makers Series
    Derek Chollet
    Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs,
    US Department of Defense
    IISS-US, Washington DC
    Wednesday 8 October 2014

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