• Military Balance Blog

    Ian Keddie: F-35 achieves most significant milestone to date

    27 July 2016.  As production levels increase, the total number of F-35 aircraft is now greater than its fifth-generation peer, the F-22.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: Keep the Iran nuclear deal going strong

    25 July 2016.  The first anniversary this month of the Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), occasioned predictable assessments. Whether one thinks the deal is succeeding mostly depends on what one thought of the deal at the time. Those (like me) who applauded the agreement a year ago have expressed satisfaction that, so far, it has done exactly what it set out to do in effectively blocking...

  • IISS Voices

    From the archive: Clinton’s running mate, Tim Kaine, offers his views on military intervention

    24 July 2016.  In a candid address to the IISS Manama Dialogue in 2013, Hillary Clinton’s running mate, Tim Kaine, identified four key elements that must be addressed if policymakers are to convince a sceptical public of the need for military engagement. The speech offers a fascinating insight into his personal views on military intervention, and how he would seek to win over his public if elected to office.

  • IISS Voices

    Paulina Izewicz: UN walks a fine line in new Iran report

    22 July 2016.  A first, carefully-worded UN report on the Iran deal was released on 18 July. While, to all intents and purposes, it contains little new information, it has nonetheless elicited some criticism from Iran, Russia and the United States.

  • Strategic Comments

    Turkey: the attempted coup and its troubling aftermath

    21 July 2016. 

    The military coup attempted in Turkey on 15 July 2016 fizzled out quickly. But President Tayyip Erdogan has accused a political rival, exiled Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen, and his followers of engineering the coup without substantiation, and is using it as a pretext to purge the government, judiciary and military. This reaction could lead to sustained domestic instability that would strain Turkey's international relations, exacerbate its democratic deficit and damage its social fabric.

  • IISS Voices

    Sarah Raine: Tribunal ruling offers opportunity for negotiation, not confrontation over the South China Sea

    18 July 2016.  The recent judgment of an arbitral tribunal will have implications well beyond the South China Sea. While definitive solutions to competing territorial claims are likely to remain elusive, Sarah Raine suggests that the ruling nonetheless represents an opportunity for renewed discussion.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Dana H. Allin: Terror and Politics

    15 July 2016.  The strategic effect of terrorism depends on the transmission mechanism of politics. It is naïve to imagine that the political norms of Western democracies will be unaffected by the ability of solitary terrorists to render public spaces insecure, which is one reason why the work of security services is a frontline defence of democratic values. But the judgement and temperament of politicians is also critical. Last night Newt Gingrich, the former...

  • Events

    Turbulent US–Thai Relations: A Conversation with Admiral Dennis Blair

    15 July 2016. 

    Private Roundtable
    Admiral (Retd) Dennis Blair, Former Director of National Intelligence; Chairman and CEO, Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA
    IISS–Americas, Washington DC
    Friday 15 July 2016, 8.30–9.30AM EDT

  • Expert Commentary

    New York Times: Why the US military can't fix Syria

    13 July 2016.  By Jonathan Stevenson, Senior Fellow for US Defence and Editor of Strategic Comments, and Steven Simon The State Department “dissent channel” memo on the United States’ policy in Syria, leaked last month, is just the latest expression of a widespread belief in and out of government that American intervention in Syria is necessary and would be successful. After five years of brutal, grinding war, this view is understandable. The idea of the United...

  • Military Balance Blog

    Douglas Barrie: UK trumpets defence deals at Farnborough

    12 July 2016.  The British government announced defence deals with the United States worth over US$6 billion on the first day of the 2016 Farnborough International Air Show. The two key projects – for nine P-8 Poseidon anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft and 50 US AH-64E Apache attack helicopters – will be undertaken by Boeing. Douglas Barrie examines how the deals will work.

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