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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.

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Sir John Jenkins

Executive Director, IISS-Middle East

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The future of Iraq and the fight against ISIS

Professor Toby Dodge will assess the transformation that Iraq has undergone since the start of ISIS’s offensive and the US-led air campaign lauched by Obama in August 2014.

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    The Future of Iraq and the Fight against ISIS

    17 September 2015. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Professor Toby Dodge, Consulting Senior Fellow for the Middle East, IISS;
    Director of the Middle East Centre, LSE
    Arundel House, London
    Thursday 17 September, 6:30-7:30pm

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    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

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    Cold wars, hot wars

    15 September 2015. 

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

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    The Middle East after the Iran Nuclear Deal

    11 September 2015. 

    Corporate Breakfast
    Emile Hokayem, Senior Fellow for Middle East Security, IISS-Middle East

    Arundel House, London 

    Friday 11 September 2015, 8–9am 

  • IISS Voices

    Hebatalla Taha: Slow progress in Yemen despite military victories

    01 September 2015.  With anti-Houthi Popular Resistance forces largely controlling four key governorates of Yemen and further gains in new strategic locations, it would appear progress is being made in resolving the conflict. However, military advances are being hampered by the resurgence of armed groups in the south, leaving Yemen in a continued state of insecurity.

  • IISS Voices

    Jan Raudszus: The end of the Turkey–PKK peace process?

    07 August 2015.  Following the suicide bombing in the Turkish town of Suruc on 20 July, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to crack down on ISIS. However, it was actually the conflict with the PKK that subsequently escalated. Observers have commented that Turkey’s promise to fight against ISIS is only cover to achieve its real goal of weakening the PKK and the wider Kurdish cause. As long as the violence continues, the chances...

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    After the Iran nuclear deal

    29 July 2015. 

    Webinar
    Mark Fitzpatrick, Director, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme
    Emile Hokayem, Senior Fellow for Middle East Security
    Wednesday 29 July 2015, 12:30pm

  • 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

    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.

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.