• Geo-economics and Strategy Conferences

    Resource Competition, Business Opportunity and Regional Security in the Sahel and West Africa: Patrick Smith

    08 April 2013. 

    Second Session: Resource Competition, Business Opportunity and Regional Security in the Sahel and West Africa
    Patrick Smith, Editor in Chief, Africa Confidential
    Geo-economics and Strategy Conference - The Geo-economics of Resources and Conflict in Africa

  • Survival

    A Surprising Little War: First Lessons of Mali

    01 April 2013. 

    The challenge for the French in Mali is less that of ‘when do we leave?’ but under what circumstances it makes sense to stay.

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 9: Sub-Saharan Africa

    14 March 2013.  Military roles and capabilities

    Continental security initiatives: harmonising continental SSR programmes; the African Standby Force.
    Continental security crises: wider African effects of Libya's civil war; AMISOM advances; developing South Sudan's security forces.
    Sub-Saharan Africa defence economics
    South Africa: Defence Review 2012; doctrine; SANDF; readiness; defence economics.


  • IISS Voices

    John Chipman: The age of 'fast power'

    04 February 2013.  By Dr John Chipman, Director-General and Chief Executive of the IISS We live in the age of ‘fast power’. Our sense of stability, and indeed the rise of insecurity, is dramatically affected by the speed with which events happen and the very many different agents of power with which governments and the private sector have to deal with. Power today is more plural than ever before and adequate responses to its...

  • IISS Voices

    Douglas Barrie: Behind the Mali headlines, an issue of airlift

    30 January 2013.  By Douglas Barrie, James Hackett and Henry Boyd, Defence and Military Analysis Programme Two weeks after sending troops to Mali to repel an advance by Islamist rebels, France has enjoyed much tactical success. French and Malian forces have retaken Timbuktu and Gao, and are now reported to have reached the last Islamist stronghold, Kidal. The main challenges ahead include sustaining these gains, bolstering the Malian military and improving governance. But these tactical...

  • Military Balance Blog

    Douglas Barrie: Behind the Mali headlines, an issue of airlift

    30 January 2013.  By Douglas Barrie, James Hackett and Henry Boyd, Defence and Military Analysis Programme Two weeks after sending troops to Mali to repel an advance by Islamist rebels, France has enjoyed much tactical success. French and Malian forces have retaken Timbuktu and Gao, and are now reported to have reached the last Islamist stronghold, Kidal. The main challenges ahead include sustaining these gains, bolstering the Malian military and improving governance. But these tactical...

  • IISS Voices

    Francois Heisbourg: The union at Europe's heart is frayed

    23 January 2013.  By Francois Heisbourg, IISS chairman Today is the fiftieth anniversary of the Elysee Treaty – the document signed by Paris and Berlin in an attempt to turn two hostile neighbours and rivals into allies, and to ultimately lay the groundwork for the European Union. As IISS Chairman Francois Heisbourg points out in the Financial Times, it comes at a time of strain in the Franco-German partnership. France’s Le Monde newspaper has already...

  • Strategic Comments

    France in Mali: rapid reaction

    17 January 2013.  France hopes that its current ground and air offensive against Islamist rebels in Mali will be limited in duration. But this will depend on the effectiveness of its planning and intelligence, and the tactics of the opposition. If Bamako is to reassert its authority over the country's ungoverned north, the capacity of Mali's military will need to be dramatically enhanced.

  • Strategic Comments

    Extremism spreads across West Africa and the Sahel

    30 October 2012.  Although the intensity of terrorist incidents seems to be declining globally, there has been a surge of violent Islamist activity across West Africa, where both new and established armed groups are destabilising fragile states and creating a regional security threat. While the problem remains local for the moment, the international community is keen to avoid any regional safe havens from becoming springboards for terrorist activities further afield.

  • Strategic Survey

    Chapter 7: Africa

    13 September 2012.  West Africa: Spillover from Northern Troubles
    Somalia: Signs of Renaissance
    Sudan and South Sudan: After the Split
    South and East Africa: Political Wrangling

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