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The IISS launched The Military Balance 2016 on Tuesday 9 February 2016. IISS Director-General and CEO Dr John Chipman introduced the book, followed by a Q&A with experts from the IISS Defence and Military Analysis Programme.
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22 December 2016.
A flurry of activity suggests the European Union may be coming to terms with new defence challenges. But how radical are its latest strategies – and will they make the continent safer? Bastian Giegerich cuts through the jargon.
16 December 2016.
Although hybrid warfare is usually viewed by liberal democracies as something to defend against, some are beginning to suggest it should be employed offensively. Kaan Sahin argues that to do so in a comprehensive way would be an act of self-sabotage.
29 November 2016.
China's recent unveiling to potential export customers of its PL-10 imaging-infrared guided air-to-air missile was a testament to the country's growing weapons-design capabilities. As Douglas Barrie explains, just a handful of nations have so far mastered this technology and this model is likely emerge as the standard imaging-infrared missile in the PLAAF inventory.
18 November 2016.
Despite lacking the military or financial punch of some other NATO members, Canada has announced its largest deployment of sustained military force to Europe in more than a decade, in support of the Alliance's enhanced forward presence on its eastern borders. As Ian Keddie explains, it is part of a broader strategy for Canada to act as a key bulwark against new forces driving shifts in the world order.
19 October 2016.
The Russian Navy's sole aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, has been deployed and is thought to be headed to the eastern Mediterranean. Nick Childs argues that despite the carrier's somewhat limited capabilities, NATO has some long-term questions to answer about how to respond to Moscow's willingness to use its maritime assets more assertively.
12 October 2016.
There is no denying that French industry, supported by government, has celebrated genuine successes on the global arms market in recent years. However, as Lucie Béraud-Sudreau argues, the value of actual deliveries, rather than orders, offers a much clearer sense of defence-market trends.
10 October 2016.
Brigadier (Retd) Ben Barry, Senior Fellow for Land Warfare, IISS
Arundel House, London
Monday 10 October 2016, 12.30–1.30PM BST
10 October 2016.
A British Army report into the post-conflict stabilisation of Iraq has just been declassified. Here, the report is published and its author – IISS Senior Fellow for Land Warfare Ben Barry – explains some of its uncomfortable conclusions.
26 August 2016.
Germany's recent defence white paper proposes fundamental changes to European armaments cooperation. Bastian Giegerich analyses the details, and suggests that although there are multiple challenges to implementation, an idea whose time has come can be a powerful thing.
23 August 2016.
The debate over the continuing utility and cost-effectiveness of the US Navy's nuclear-powered aircraft carriers (CVNs) is in full flood. Nick Childs suggests that the US should further develop the role of its amphibious assault ships as support aircraft carriers, which would both enhance capabilities and take the pressure off the overworked CVN force.
The UK's vote to leave the EU risks worrying NATO allies about its reliability as a defence partner. To allay this concern, the UK could expand its collaboration with Europe on aerospace projects.
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