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Defence and Military Analysis

Changing threats to global security are forcing constant reassessment of military concepts, structures and technologies. The IISS Defence and Military Analysis Programme (DMAP) examines trends in strategies, capabilities and defence expenditure.

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Key Defence and Security Issues for the UK

A panel of former senior UK defence officials analyses the key defence and security issues facing the UK and their implications for the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR).

  • Events

    Press Launch - Strategic Survey 2015

    15 September 2015. 

    Press Launch
    Arundel House, London
    Tuesday 15 September 2015
    9:00-9:30am Breakfast Reception, 9:30-10:15am Launch

  • Events

    Cold wars, hot wars

    15 September 2015. 

    Geopolitics and Business Seminar
    Arundel House, London
    Tuesday 15 September 2015

  • Military Balance Blog

    Giri Rajendran: Crunching the numbers on MENA defence spending

    24 August 2015.  By Giri Rajendran, Research Associate for Defence and Economics Defence spending in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is among the world’s highest when measured as a proportion of GDP. Using that measure, The Military Balance 2015 notes, MENA states account for eight of the top 15 global spenders on defence and security for which figures are available. A recent article in The Economist has also highlighted this.  This situation is...

  • Expert Commentary

    Bloomberg: Wargames Might Help Russia Sell Some Tanks

    11 August 2015.  Interview with Ben Barry, Senior Fellow for Land Warfare The Russian and Chinese militaries showed off their strength in competitions last week, along with several other invited nations at the Russian Military Tournament. But according to IISS expert Ben Barry it's not just a political chest thump; Russia might also sell a few more tanks to its close allies too. Watch the interview at Bloomberg News

  • Military Balance Blog

    Tom Waldwyn and Douglas Barrie: European defence-industrial consolidation and the Nexter–KMW merger

    10 August 2015.  By Tom Waldwyn, Assistant Research Analyst for Maritime Forces and Defence Industry and Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace Europe has long struggled to restructure a defence-industrial base that remains predominantly national, with the land-systems sector particularly fragmented. However, on 29 July 2015, Europe’s two main land-systems companies by market share, France’s Nexter and Germany’s Krauss Maffei-Wegmann (KMW), said they had agreed the terms of a merger. On 27 July 2000...

  • IISS Voices

    Maxime Humeau: Simple narratives fall short in Syria and Iraq

    28 July 2015.  To devise a coherent strategy to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria, the West needs to face up to the true complexity of the shifting alliances in the region

  • IISS Voices

    Defining a 'full-spectrum' counter-terrorism strategy

    22 July 2015.  Guest post by Alia Brahimi, Visiting Research Fellow at Oxford University and IISS Armed Conflict Survery contributor, and Chris Mackmurdo, Director, Contest Global On 9 July the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) took the extraordinary step of urging all British nationals, including roughly 3,000 tourists, to leave Tunisia. This tightened travel advice followed the Sousse attack by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) that left 38 people dead, including 30 British holidaymakers...

  • IISS Voices

    Ben Barry: 'The most important defence review for a generation'

    20 July 2015.  IISS Panel argues this SDSR most important for a generation; UK must shape national and wider public opinion on security agenda

  • Events

    Sea Change: New Maritime Horizons in a Changing World

    20 July 2015. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Nick Childs, Senior Fellow for Naval Forces and Maritime Security
    Arundel House, London
    Monday 20 July 2015, 6:30-8:00pm

  • Events

    Key Defence and Security Issues for the UK

    16 July 2015. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Dr Liam Fox 
    MP for North Somerset; UK Defence Secretary 2010–2011 
    General the Lord David Richards of Herstmonceux
    Senior Advisor, IISS; UK Chief of Defence Staff 2011–2014
    Lord Robertson of Port Ellen
    NATO Secretary General, 1999–2004; UK Defence Secretary, 1997–1999
    Arundel House, London
    Thursday 16 July 2015, 5:30-6:30pm

The Military Balance 2015

The Military Balance is the authoritative assessment of the military capabilities and defence economics of 171 countries.

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