• Expert Commentary

    BBC News: China parade to display past and future

    02 September 2015.  President Xi Jinping will on Thursday preside over an enormous military parade in Beijing in commemoration of China's World War Two victory over Japan 70 years ago. Alexander Neill from the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) examines what we can expect to see.

  • 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

  • Strategic Comments

    Russian air patrols: long-range ambitions

    25 June 2015. 

    For the Russian air force, long-range bomber missions are an opportunity to improve crew performance through the planning associated with such long sorties, regular air-to-air refuelling and increased training. For NATO members, the missions serve as a reminder that the Russian air force still retains an extended-range strike capability that the Alliance must factor into its collective air defence needs.

  • Strategic Comments

    UK defence review: a test of strategic ambitions

    23 June 2015. 

    In conducting a new defence review, Britain’s Conservative government will need to determine its level of strategic ambition, and to set commensurate budget goals for the next five years. Reductions in capabilities since the last review in 2010 have diminished the UK’s military strength considerably.

  • Expert Commentary

    Breaking Defense: European Air Power - A Grizzly Outlook

    12 June 2015.  By Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace Recent events in Iraq, Libya, Russia, Syria and Yemen have sharpened the fundamental questions European nations face as they consider medium- and long-term force structure and equipment needs. In the short term, the focus for much of Europe’s defense aerospace sector is on understanding fully the cause of the crash of an Airbus A400M, that lead to the death of four of the six...

  • Shangri-La Voices

    Douglas Barrie: Big deal or not - India's Rafale saga

    31 May 2015.  By Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace Even by India's often labyrinthine procurement processes, the contradictory signals over the fate of the long-in-negotiation deal to license assemble the Dassault Rafale combat aircraft - and any implications for the indigenous Tejas light fighter programme - are worthy of note. After three years of discussions that failed to deliver agreement to license build all but 18 of a 126 Rafale aircraft order to meet...

  • Shangri-La Voices

    Douglas Barrie: China’s ‘revolution’ in defence strategy

    30 May 2015.  By Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace Regional power projection, the logistics required to support combat operations over extended lines of communication, and the further development of long-range precision strike capabilities are key themes of the Chinese defence ministry's latest military strategy document, published on 26 May 2015. The white paper identifies the requirements associated with moving from ‘theatre defence’ to ‘trans-theatre mobility’, while also underscoring the need for sustained combat capability...

  • Adelphi Books


    28 May 2015. 

    China’s increasing desire and capacity to protect nationals and assets abroad, and its effect on Chinese foreign policy, is the leitmotif of this book. 

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter 4: Murder on the Mekong: The long arm of Chinese law

    24 May 2015. 

    The murder of 13 Chinese sailors on the Mekong River in October 2011 prompted a technically still non-interventionist Beijing to become de facto a river cop along Southeast Asia’s longest waterway.

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter 5: International rescue: Beijing’s mass evacuation from Libya

    23 May 2015. 

    Beijing entered a new era in spring 2011 when, as part of a larger evacuation, four Chinese military planes landed in the southern Libyan desert to rescue stranded Chinese workers.

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