Middle East and the Gulf

Middle East and the Gulf

With a local office, the IISS has long been involved in the Middle East, attracting leading global policy-makers to its summits on regional security. IISS-Middle East works closely with other offices on research into Iran's nuclear programme, the Arab Spring and other topics.

Expert: Sir john Jenkins

Sir John Jenkins

Executive Director, IISS-Middle East

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IISSS Manama Dialogue 2015: 30 October-01 November

'A significant moment for the Middle East'

This October’s IISS Manama Dialogue 2015 comes after a year of worsening crises in Iraq, Syria and Yemen. With key Gulf states more actively tackling regional issues, the Executive Director of IISS–Middle East, Sir John Jenkins, looks forward to the summit as a forum for discussing solutions.

  • Events

    Press Launch - Strategic Survey 2015

    15 September 2015. 

    Press Launch
    Arundel House, London
    Tuesday 15 September 2015

  • 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

  • IISS Voices

    Hebatalla Taha: ‘Sinai Province’s’ incursion into Sheikh Zuweid town

    09 July 2015.  Sinai Province launched a coordinated attack against the Egyptian army in al-Arish and Sheikh Zuweid in North Sinai on 1 July. The attack showed that the intensified security presence has failed to deter the group. As the military continues to escalate its operations in North Sinai, civilians fear that they will bear the brunt of the response.

  • Expert Commentary

    Tehran Times: Iran, major powers will agree on comprehensive deal this summer

    22 June 2015.  Interview with Mark Fitzpatrick, Director, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme Mark Fitzpatrick, director of the non-proliferation program at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), believes that Iran and the major powers will agree on a “comprehensive” nuclear deal this summer because “both sides have made significant compromises”.  “I believe that a comprehensive agreement will be reached this summer, although probably not by the 30 June deadline. Both sides have made significant compromises,” Fitzpatrick...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: Limiting Iran’s nuclear R&D

    19 June 2015.  Among the several reasons I was pleasantly surprised by the 2 April Lausanne accord was that Iran agreed not to use anything other than first-generation centrifuges to enrich uranium for ten years. The IR-1 is the Model T of the centrifuge industry – clunky, slow and prone to break-down. Given its limited efficiency, keeping Iran’s programme restricted for now to the IR-1 is a significant confidence-building measure. Not long ago...

  • Events

    The Strategic Implications of the Iran Nuclear Deal

    04 June 2015. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Mark Fitzpatrick
    Director, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme, IISS
    Dr Trita Parsi
    President, National Iranian American Council
    IISS-US, Washington DC
    Thursday, 4 June 2015

  • Expert Commentary

    Huffington Post: What ISIS' Gains Mean For Iraq - An Expert Weighs In

    26 May 2015.  Interview with Emile Hokayem, Senior Fellow for Middle East Security HUFFINGTON POST: Ramadi fell after a three-day advance. How were the extremist fighters able to do this and what does that say about the current state of Iraqi forces? EMILE HOKAYEM: The fall of Ramadi was a shock not in the sense that it wasn’t likely to happen, but that a few of us analysts assumed that some lessons from the fall of...

  • Expert Commentary

    Reuters: Iran and its Arab neighbors must talk, they can start with nuclear safety

    15 May 2015.  By Mark Fitzpatrick, Director, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme As both U.S. and Iranian military advisers work in Iraq to stop Islamic State forces, their uneasy coexistence underscores how difficult it is to defuse the conflicts roiling the Middle East. To make any headway, Iran must be engaged as a partner. And this engagement starts with Tehran’s Gulf Arab neighbors. The antipathy between predominantly Shi’ite Iran and its neighbors in the largely Sunni...

  • Events

    Strange Bedfellows: Shifting Alliances in the Middle East

    28 April 2015. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Sir John Jenkins, Executive Director, IISS-Middle East
    Emile Hokayem, Senior Fellow for Regional Security, IISS-Middle East
    IISS-US, Washington DC
    Tuesday 28 April 2015

  • Expert Commentary

    Foreign Affairs: Who Lost Libya?

    21 April 2015.  Obama’s Intervention in Retrospect Foreign Affairs May/June 2015

Survival: Global Politics and Strategy

The State of the Islamic State

ISIS’s four principal manifestations – as a guerrilla army, Sunni political movement, millenarian cult and administrator of territory – suggest a strategy against it: aggressive containment.