• 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...

  • 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: 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. 

  • Events

    The Day After the Deadline: Assessing the Nuclear Negotiations with Iran

    22 July 2014. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Mark Fitzpatrick,
    Director, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament programme, IISS
    Dina Esfandiary,
    Research Associate, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament programme, IISS
    Arundel House, London
    Tuesday 22 July 2014, 12:30-1:30pm

  • Events

    IISS-US Adelphi Book Launch: Beyond Air-Sea Battle

    17 July 2014. 

    IISS-US Adelphi Book Launch
    Aaron Friedberg
    Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University
    Discussant: Elbridge Colby
    Robert M. Gates Fellow, Center for New American Security
    IISS-US, Washington DC
    Thursday 17 July 2014

  • IISS Voices

    Strategic Snapshots: Surveillance diplomacy

    15 July 2014.  Adam Ward and Nigel Inkster reflect on events and revelations in London, Berlin and Washington to assess the domestic and foreign policy implications of diverging government attitudes and capabilities towards data communications-intercept operations.

  • IISS Voices

    Dina Esfandiary: Iran and the question of ICBMs

    14 July 2014.  By Dina Esfandiary, Research Associate, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme A US Pentagon report from January 2014 (but only released in early July) seems to have revised earlier US intelligence assessments that Iran could test an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) by 2015. Indeed, although Iran has an advanced missile programme, the state of its current industrial base, research and development, and decades of being under sanctions led the IISS to assess in...

  • IISS Voices

    William Choong and Alexander Neill: The Singapore school of foreign relations - IISS–Fullerton Lecture

    02 July 2014.  By William Choong and Alexander Neill, Shangri-La Dialogue Senior Fellows for Asia–Pacific Security In his critically-acclaimed One Man’s View of the World, Singapore’s founding father Lee Kuan Yew espouses the essence of Singapore’s approach to international relations. Singapore, he writes, has ‘to take the world as it is; it is too small to change it’. The Republic must ‘maximise the space we have to manoeuvre among the ‘big trees’ in the region’...

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