• Events

    After the Deadline: Assessing the Nuclear Negotiations with Iran

    28 November 2014. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Ali Ghezelbash,
    Independent Strategic Consultant
    Rouzbeh Parsi,
    Director, European Iran Research Group (EIRG)
    Ariane Tabatabai,
    Associate, Belfer Center, Harvard Kennedy School
    Arundel House, London
    Friday 28 November 2014, 12:30-2pm

  • Expert Commentary

    Foreign Policy: Why Ukraine must bargain for peace with Russia

    27 November 2014.  The 'let's make a deal' moment has arrived for Kiev and Moscow. But by pushing a hard-line agenda against Putin, the United States and Europe are only making things worse for Ukraine.  

  • Events

    Countering ISIS

    27 November 2014. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Ben Barry, Senior Fellow for Land Warfare, IISS
    Toby Dodge, Professor of International Relations, LSE; Consulting Senior Fellow for the Middle East, IISS
    Emile Hokayem, Senior Fellow for Middle East Security, IISS
    Nigel Inkster, Director for Transnational Threats and Political Risk, IISS
    Arundel House, London
    Thursday 27 November 2014, 12:30-1:30pm

  • Politics and Strategy

    Ben Fishman: Don't over-interpret Hagel's departure

    26 November 2014.  The resignation of US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on 24 November overshadowed what was supposed to be the biggest foreign-policy news of the week – the results of the Iran nuclear diplomacy in Vienna.  In fact, the two issues are related, and suggest that the Obama administration is unlikely to pursue major departures in policy just because the Republicans swept the mid-term elections or because the president may be...

  • Expert Commentary

    Karl Eikenberry: Discussion on US Foreign Policy at Stanford University

    25 November 2014.  IISS Council Member Karl Eikenberry participates in a discussion on US foreign policy as part of a Stanford University seminar on 'The State of the Union'. General Eikenberry examined three key factors shaping contemporary US foreign policy in the context of the major global economic and political changes that followed the Second World War.  These included the increasing 'diffusion of power' away from the United States and Europe, signalled by the expanding...

  • Expert Commentary

    National Interest: The Deeper Meaning of the Iran Nuclear Talks: ISIS, the Middle East and Beyond

    25 November 2014.  It’s about the prospects for a peaceful and stable region, something that simply doesn’t look possible without engagement with Iran.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: Iran nuclear diplomacy survives to fight another day

    24 November 2014.  Lamentable though it is that a deal could not be reached on the Iran nuclear crisis, a seven-month extension of the interim deal and a continuation of talks is the second-best outcome. It is not easy to see what will happen between now and July that will make agreement any more possible. But the art of diplomacy is often about buying time because circumstances might change for the better. In...

  • Events

    Sustaining the Space Environment

    21 November 2014. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Frank Rose
    Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Space and Defense Policy, US
    Arundel House, London
    Friday 21 November 2014

  • Politics and Strategy

    Jeffrey Mazo: What does the US–China deal mean for climate change?

    21 November 2014.  The 12 November announcement by presidents Xi Jinping and Barack Obama of their countries’ post-2020 targets for reducing greenhouse-gas emissions has been hailed as historic. It is important for a number of reasons. It is the first time China has made a formal, quantified commitment to emissions reduction (rather than merely slowing emissions growth). It reflects Obama’s decision to use executive action to cope with important issues, so as to...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Darby Arakelian and James P. Farwell: Credibility is the key to exposing ISIS

    19 November 2014.  The images of Christians crucified, innocent civilians shot in the head and journalists brutally beheaded by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) – in Arabic, Da’esh – play like a scene out of Dante’s Inferno. Retired Marine General John Allen calls the extremists’ propaganda machine ‘cruelly effective’ and argues that defeating ISIS requires exposing it as the ‘un-Islamic, criminal cult of violence that it really is’. His solution is...

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