• Survival

    Cyber Warfare and Sino-American Crisis Instability

    25 July 2014.  China and the US both recognise that an armed conflict between them would include cyber warfare. But there is a curious and risky failure to connect the tactical military advantages of cyber attacks with the strategic hazards.

  • Survival

    NATO, Russia and Missile Defence

    25 July 2014. 

    Talks on NATO–Russia missile-defence cooperation were suspended in April during the crisis over Crimea. In retrospect, the window for a real breakthrough had closed some 18 months earlier.

  • Survival

    Spying on Allies

    25 July 2014. 

    Although some programmes crossed lines of propriety, US surveillance of partners did not constitute a breach of trust.

  • Survival

    Real and Present Danger

    25 July 2014. 

    The latest US assessments drive home the fact that dangerous climate change is not just a future risk. It is already here.

  • Survival

    Letting Things Go

    25 July 2014. 

    Obama’s restraint in the use of force has good precedent. He should be judged by the substance and not the shadow of power.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Dana Allin: Washington, Gaza and Syria

    24 July 2014.  Yesterday the Washington Post, in an editorial, complained that the Obama administration is not doing enough to arm and organise the moderate elements of a Syrian opposition. There is an unresolved vagueness about what, exactly, Washington can do to shape a battle against the regime of Bashar al-Assad when the most powerful rebels fighting him are the same Islamists that we hope to stop from taking over Iraq. The Post concedes...

  • IISS Voices

    Virginia Comolli: 100 days and counting - a view from the US

    23 July 2014.  By Virginia Comolli, Research Fellow for Security and Development Today marks 100 days since over 200 girls were abducted in Northern Nigeria by Islamist militants belonging to Boko Haram. Following the widely embraced, albeit now nearly forgotten #BringBackOurGirls campaign, a new slogan in the ongoing Boko Haram saga appears to have been coined: ‘Bring back our army’.  This time however, it was not the parents of the missing girls who created...

  • Strategic Comments

    Iran nuclear talks extended for four more months

    23 July 2014. 

    Deep differences over the allowable size of Iran's nuclear programme and how long restrictions on it should remain in place proved insurmountable in the latest round of negotiations. Iran and the six powers known as the E3+3 now have a further four months to determine whether they can summon the political will to bridge the gap.

  • Events

    China’s Cyber Power: Policy, Capability and Exploitation

    23 July 2014. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Nigel Inkster
    Director for Transnational Threats and Political Risk, IISS
    Arundel House, London
    Wednesday 23 July 2014

  • IISS Voices

    Strategic Snapshots: Iran nuclear talks, glass half full?

    23 July 2014.  Is the decision to roll over negotiations on Iran's nuclear programme politically sustainable? Mark Fitzpatrick and Adam Ward discuss Ali Khamenei’s redline over centrifuges, the uncertain effects of the US midterm elections and the difficulty of calibrating sanctions with political pragmatism. 

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