• Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: Who in their right mind would promote nuclear proliferation?

    28 June 2016.  At a roundtable at the CATO Institute on 20 June, I was asked to speak on the subject of ‘The advisability of using proliferation to combat proliferation in Northeast Asia’. The host, Doug Bandow, has written in favour of the proposition and knew that I would speak in opposition. He got what he asked for. I hope, however, that my participation in this event did not help legitimise a terrible...

  • IISS Voices

    Michael Elleman: North Korea’s Musudan missile effort advances

    27 June 2016.  North Korea's first successful test of its Musudan intermediate-range ballistic missile has aroused fears that it could be used to strike targets throughout the region, including the US island territory of Guam. However, as Michael Elleman explains, the missile is not yet capable of reaching Guam with a warhead weighing more than 500kg. He cautions that regardless of the success of the test, the confirmation that North Korea does indeed...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Erik Jones: A step towards disintegration

    27 June 2016.  The British vote to leave the European Union (EU) is the first step toward formal disintegration that the West has experienced. The closest parallel is France’s decision to step outside the integrated military command structure of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in 1966. But France remained a member of NATO; that decision was more like Britain’s opt-out from the single currency or Schengen, even if the shift of NATO’s...

  • Events

    Our Separate Ways: The Struggle for the Future of the US-Israel Alliance

    21 June 2016. 

    IISS–Americas Book Launch
    Dana H. Allin, Senior Fellow for US Foreign Policy and Transatlantic Affairs, IISS
    Steven N. Simon, Former Senior Director for Middle Eastern and North African Affairs, National Security Council
    IISS–Americas, Washington DC
    Tuesday 21 June 2016, 10–11AM EDT

  • Politics and Strategy

    Jonathan Stevenson: The Orlando massacre was less than, and more than, terrorism

    20 June 2016.  On 12 June, Omar Mateen – an Afghan-American Muslim born in the United States, who was on US law enforcement’s radar but not judged to warrant further investigation – slaughtered 49 people and wounded dozens more with a semi-automatic assault rifle and a nine-millimetre pistol at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Because he had posted jihadist threats on Facebook and called the police emergency number to proclaim his...

  • Military Balance Blog

    James Hackett: Pacific Dragon and Asia-Pacific missile defence: more progress or familiar impediments?

    17 June 2016.  By James Hackett, Editor of The Military Balance and Senior Fellow for Defence and Military Analysis The 2016 Rim of the Pacific naval exercise, due to be held from 30 June to 4 August with contributions from 27 nations, will this year be preceded by the Pacific Dragon trilateral missile-defence exercise involving Japan, South Korea and the United States. However, the degree to which this exercise will substantively advance the three countries' cooperative...

  • Events

    Our Separate Ways: The Struggle for the Future of the US-Israel Alliance

    14 June 2016. 

    IISS–Americas New York Book Launch
    Dana H. Allin, Senior Fellow for US Foreign Policy and Transatlantic Affairs, IISS
    Steven N. Simon, Former Senior Director for Middle Eastern and North African Affairs, National Security Council
    The Cornell Club, New York
    Tuesday 14 June 2016, 6.30–7.30PM EDT

  • Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: India is kept waiting for admission to Nuclear Suppliers Group

    13 June 2016.  India’s understandable quest for membership in export-control clubs that it used to deride as discriminatory cartels has met with mixed success of late. On 6 June, India passed the final test for admission to the 34-member Missile Technology Control Regime.  Later that week in Vienna, the 48-member Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) failed to reach consensus on India’s membership application. In the latter case, the formal decision will await the NSG plenary...

  • Events

    Defence Budgeting and National Security: A Conversation with Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James

    13 June 2016. 

    IISS–Americas Policy Makers Series
    The Honorable Deborah Lee James, Secretary of the Air Force
    IISS–Americas, Washington DC
    Monday 13 June 2016, 2–3PM EDT

  • Shangri-La Voices

    Douglas Barrie: China’s challenge to US air superiority

    13 June 2016.  Developments in China’s air-technology capabilities are creating a much more contested air environment. The Chengdu J-20 is the aircraft against which the US is now measuring up its own capabilities, explains IISS Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace Douglas Barrie.

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