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Transnational Threats and Political Risk

Transnational Threats and Political Risk

This programme's broad range of research reflects the ever-changing nature of asymmetric threats and transnational security risks. Its four main strands are: cyber security and cyber warfare; organised crime; terrorism and counter-terrorism; intelligence and security.

Expert: Nigel Inkster

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Director of Transnational Threats and Political Risk

New Publication

Armed Conflict Survey

War in Ukraine, years of civil conflict in Syria and ISIS over-running Iraqi cities – all seem to signal a new, more dangerous phase of history. The new IISS Armed Conflict Survey provides a reference guide to the state of the world, with statistics and details on more than 40 of the world’s major conflicts – from Afghanistan to Yemen – plus essays on hybrid war, global jihad and much more.

  • Events

    Improving Global Drug Policy: Comparative Perspectives and UNGASS 2016

    19 June 2015. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Caroline Chatwin
    Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Kent
    Martin Jelsma
    Director of the Drugs and Democracy Programme at the Transnational Institute
    Vanda Felbab-Brown
    Senior Fellow and Co-Director of Improving Global Drug Policy: Comparative Perspectives & UNGASS 2016 at The Brookings Institution
    James Windle
    Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of East London
    Arundel House, London
    Friday 19 June 2015, 10am-12pm

  • Armed Conflict Survey

    Armed Conflict Survey 2015

    20 May 2015.  The worldwide review of political, military and humanitarian trends in current conflicts.

  • Events

    A Revolution in Military Affairs with Chinese Characteristics: China’s Military Cyber and Information Warfare Capabilities

    19 May 2015. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Nigel Inkster 
    Director for Transnational Threats and Political Risk, IISS
    Arundel House, London
    Tuesday 19 May 2015, 12:30-1:30pm

  • Events

    Women in Violent Extremist Organisations

    24 March 2015. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Rachel Briggs OBE
    Senior Fellow, The Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD)
    Joana Cook
    Research Affiliate, Public Safety Canada - Securité Publique Canada; 
    PhD Candidate, King's College London
    Chair: Virginia Comolli
    Research Fellow for Security and Development, IISS
    Arundel House, London
    Tuesday 24 march March 2015

  • Events

    Responsible State Behaviour in Cyberspace: How to Advance the International Dialogue?

    23 March 2015. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Ambassador Marina Kaljurand
    Undersecretary of Political Affairs, Estonia
    Arundel House, London
    Monday 23 March 2015

  • Events

    Intelligence and Policy in an Era of Transparency

    19 March 2015. 

    IISS-US Policy Makers Series
    Dr Gregory Treverton
    Chairman, National Intelligence Council
    Chair: Nigel Inkster
    Director of Transnational Threats and Political Risk, IISS
    IISS-US, Washington DC
    Thursday 19 March 2015, 10:30am-11:30pm EDT/3:30-4:30pm GMT

  • Expert Commentary

    BBC Radio 4 Today: Surveillance and civil liberties

    12 March 2015.  Today Programme interview with by Nigel Inkster, Director of Transnational Threats and Political Risk The parliamentary committee that oversees the work of Britain's spies is this morning publishing a report into surveillance and civil liberties. The Intelligence and Security Committee began its inquiry in 2013, in the wake of revelations from the American security contractor Edward Snowden about the nature of British and American intelligence gathering. This week the Foreign Secretary...

  • Expert Commentary

    Perfil: El 'glamour' de combatir en el Ejército Islámico

    15 February 2015.  Perfil interview with Nigel Inkster, Director of Transnational Threats and Political Risk Desde Londres. La amenaza del terrorismo islámico será imposible de desterrar. Los gobiernos occidentales -y en especial el británico- sólo pueden aspirar a contenerla. Así advierte Nigel Inkster, director del influyente Instituto Internacional de Estudios Estratégicos (IISS) de Londres para su unidad de amenazas transnacionales y riesgos políticos, en una entrevista con PERFIL en la capital británica. Con más de 31 años...

  • Events

    China’s Cyber Espionage: Guilty as Charged?

    06 February 2015. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Nigel Inkster 
    Director for Transnational Threats and Political Risk, IISS
    Arundel House, London
    Friday 6 February 2015, 12:30-1:30pm

  • Events

    Responding to the Growing Threat of Homegrown Terrorists in Europe

    27 January 2015. 

    IISS-US Lecture Series
    Dr Angel Rabasa, Senior Political Scientist, RAND Corporation  
    Discussant: Dr. Jackson Janes, President, American Institute for Contemproary German Studies, Johns Hopkins SAIS
    IISS-US, Washington DC
    Tuesday 27 January 2015

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