• Strategic Comments

    America’s Indian Ocean strategy

    11 October 2017.  A combination of structural and policy impediments will tend to keep the Indian Ocean region fragmented in the US policy lens. The United States is likely to use the region as a staging area for counter-terrorism efforts in and around the Persian Gulf, and as a secondary theatre in the deepening strategic competition with China. Increasing tension with Iran could also sharpen US focus on the northwest corner of the region.

  • Strategic Comments

    US Afghanistan policy: regional aspects

    05 October 2017. 

    US President Donald Trump's new ‘Afghanistan and South Asia’ policy identifies Pakistan and India as key players but ignores or minimises other influential regional actors with vested interests in Afghanistan, including China, Russia, Iran and Saudi Arabia. Unless the US better integrates their interests, any regional approach to Afghanistan's stability and security is unlikely to succeed.

  • Events

    Conflicts and transformation in the Levant

    04 October 2017. 

    Wednesday 4 October, 12.30–2pm BST
    Arundel House, London
    Speaker:
    Emile Hokayem, Senior Fellow for Middle East Security, IISS
    Chair:
    Dr Nicholas Redman, Director of Editorial; Editor, Strategic Survey and Adelphi Books, IISS

  • Events

    Debating counter-factuals: was the rise of ISIS inevitable?

    02 October 2017. 

    Monday 2 October, 6–7.30pm EDT
    IISS–Americas, Washington DC
    Speakers:
    Dr Hal Brands, Henry A. Kissinger Distinguished Professor of Global Affairs, Johns Hopkins University SAIS
    Dr Peter Feaver, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, Duke University
    Chair:
    Dr Dana Allin, Editor, Survival; Senior Fellow for US Foreign Policy and Transatlantic Affairs, IISS

  • Events

    NATO, the North Atlantic, and maritime strategy: back to the future?

    02 October 2017. 

    Monday 2 October, 6–7pm BST
    Arundel House, London
    Speaker:
    Professor Eric Grove, Naval Historian and Author
    Chair:
    Nick Childs, Senior Fellow for Naval Forces and Maritime Security, IISS

  • Strategic Comments

    The Trump administration’s Afghanistan policy

    28 September 2017. 

    In addition to reducing terrorist threats, US President Donald Trump's new Afghanistan policy seeks to roll back the Taliban on the battlefield and pressure the group into an acceptable political settlement with far fewer US troops than Barack Obama deployed. Trump has also proposed involving India more closely in Afghanistan's economic development, which stands to antagonise Pakistan, the Taliban's key backer. In this light, it appears unlikely that the new policy will succeed.

  • Politics and Strategy

    No good reason for Trump not to certify Iran nuclear compliance

    26 September 2017.  Iran is clearly meeting the criteria for re-certification of its compliance with the nuclear deal, writes Mark Fitzpatrick.

  • IISS Voices

    China’s choice: trade with North Korea or with US

    22 September 2017.  Despite Beijing’s displeasure, the latest round of US sanctions on foreign banks associated with North Korea is preferable to military options that could trigger a full-scale war, says Matthew Cottee.

  • Events

    The escalating crisis on the Korean Peninsula: prospects of peaceful resolution

    21 September 2017. 

    Thursday 21 September, 8.30–9.30am BST
    Arundel House, London
    Speaker:
    Dr Matthew Cottee, Research Associate, Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Policy, IISS
    Chair:
    Dr Bastian Giegerich, Director of Defence and Military Analysis, IISS

  • Events

    Strategic Survey 2017: The Annual Assessment of Geopolitics

    20 September 2017. 

    Wednesday 20 September, 9.30–10.30am BST
    Arundel House, London
    Speakers:
    Dr John Chipman, Director-General and Chief Executive, IISS
    Virginia Comolli, Senior Fellow for Security and Development, IISS
    Emile Hokayem, Senior Fellow for Middle East Security, IISS
    Nigel Inkster, Special Adviser, IISS
    Dr Nicholas Redman, Director of Editorial; Editor of Strategic Survey, IISS

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