• Events

    The Ukraine crisis and the search for a new normal

    01 May 2014. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Samuel Charap
    Senior Fellow for Russia and Eurasia, IISS
    Bloomsbury House, London
    Thursday 01 May 2014, 12:30-1:30pm

  • Events

    No end in sight: Syria after Geneva II

    16 April 2014. 

    IISS Global Perspectives Series
    Emile Hokayem, Senior Fellow for Regional Security, IISS-Middle East
    IISS-Middle East, Manama
    Wednesday 16 April 2014, 5:30-6:30pm

  • Politics and Strategy

    Rolf Tanner: The sectarian moment

    10 April 2014.  Lawrence Freedman once described narratives as 'compelling story lines which can explain events convincingly and from which inferences can be drawn'. Such tales lay out the causes of a conflict, delineate friends and foes – along with their respective motivations and goals – and establish what will be counted as victory and what as defeat. Conflicts that are long and drawn-out tend to gradually produce tactical alliances and temporary outcomes...

  • Survival

    Land and Rebellion: Lessons for Counter-insurgency

    01 April 2014. 

    A study of land reform illuminates the paradox of economic instruments in counter-insurgency. Where redistributive demands are at the core of a rebellion, foreign powers will find it difficult to respond effectively.

  • Strategic Comments

    Revisiting Rwanda: lessons learned?

    31 March 2014. 

    Amid warnings that the proliferation of ethnicity-based propaganda and the collapse of law and order in the Central African Republic are likely precursors to grave human-rights abuses, including genocide, it remains to be seen whether the international community has indeed learned from its mistakes in Rwanda.

  • Events

    Syria after Geneva II: Escalation and Fragmentation

    27 March 2014. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Emile Hokayem
    Senior Fellow for Regional Security, IISS–Middle East
    Bloomsbury House, London
    Thursday 27 March 2014

  • Strategic Comments

    South Sudan’s persistent strife

    18 March 2014. 

    While diplomats attempt to find a lasting solution to a long-standing rivalry that sparked widespread conflict in December 2013, millions of South Sudanese are experiencing an acute humanitarian crisis. Although the rivalry is primarily political in nature, it has widened South Sudan's pre-existing ethnic fissures.

  • Events

    Armed Groups and the Challenges for Security in Colombia

    12 March 2014. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Javier Ciurlizza, Program Director, Latin America and the Caribbean, International Crisis Group
    Annette Idler, Doctoral Candidate, Department of International Development, University of Oxford
    Arundel House, London
    Wednesday 12 March 2014, 12:30-1:30pm

  • Politics and Strategy

    Dana H. Allin and Steven Simon: Ukraine and Obama’s ‘credibility’

    06 March 2014.  As the Ukraine crisis unfolds, there has been much rhetoric devoted to questions of the West’s – and, in particular, Barack Obama’s – toughness and ‘credibility’. Be wary of this chatter, for in most cases it is nonsense, and in some cases dangerous nonsense. In Sunday’s Washington Post, David Kramer, a deputy assistant secretary of state in the George W. Bush administration, suggested that Ukrainian authorities had ‘used gruesome force against...

  • IISS Voices

    Reed Blakemore: Managing spillover from Syria

    06 March 2014.  By Reed Blakemore, Intern, IISS–US A solution to the nearly four-year-old Syrian civil war seems distant after the recent collapse of negotiations between the Assad regime and the opposition. Militant groups operating in Syria and elsewhere, and the growing number of refugees, have serious implications throughout the Middle East. In particular, Syria’s neighbours – Iraq, Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan – will have to work hard to prevent the conflict from engulfing...

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