• The Military Balance

    Chapter 1, Part I: Directed energy weapons: finally coming of age?

    02 December 2015.  Laser weapons
    US naval laser research
    Other defence-related laser research
    Radio-frequency weapons
    Challenges to and ramifications of RF weapon use

  • Events

    The Future of Iraq and the Fight against ISIS

    17 September 2015. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Professor Toby Dodge, Consulting Senior Fellow for the Middle East, IISS;
    Director of the Middle East Centre, LSE
    Arundel House, London
    Thursday 17 September, 6:30-7:30pm

  • Expert Commentary

    The Week: A century in search of a name

    23 August 2015.  By Sanjaya Baru, Director for Geo-economics and Strategy If the 19th century was Britain’s and the 20th was America’s, many assume the 21st would be China’s. Even Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz wrote a column calling the present century “The Chinese Century”. Interestingly, economist Arvind Subramanian, currently chief economic adviser in the ministry of finance, wrote the highly acclaimed Eclipse: Living in the Shadow of China's Economic Dominance in which he speculated...

  • Events

    After the Iran nuclear deal

    29 July 2015. 

    Mark Fitzpatrick, Director, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme
    Emile Hokayem, Senior Fellow for Middle East Security
    Wednesday 29 July 2015, 12:30pm

  • Events

    Debating the Contemporary International Order

    29 July 2015. 

    IISS-Fullerton Lecture
    Madam Fu Ying,
    Chairperson of the Foreign Affairs Committee, National People's Congress of China
    Fullerton Hotel, Singapore
    Wednesday 29 July 2015

  • Survival

    Remembering Soviet Nuclear Risks

    22 July 2015.  Recent historical focus on NATO’s Able Archer exercise in 1983 risks ignoring what happened in the years afterwards: Soviet accidents amid heightened tensions.

  • Survival

    Deterrence at Three: US, UK and French Nuclear Cooperation

    22 July 2015.  Western nuclear deterrence could benefit from closer cooperation ‘at three’. The US, UK and France should take care, however, to do no harm to their existing bilateral relationships.

  • Survival

    The Strategic Logic of Nuclear Restraint

    22 July 2015.  It is manifestly in the American interest that nuclear weapons are never again used in war – but if they are, should the United States retaliate in kind?

  • Survival

    The Democratisation Mirage

    22 July 2015.  It is time to lay to rest the 100-year-old drive to democratise the world. The United States should focus on protecting its core interests.

  • Survival

    Delusions of Grand

    22 July 2015.  Hal Brands’s valuable book, What Good is Grand Strategy?, shows it is far easier to desire a grand strategy than to design one.

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