• Events

    Radicalisation in Nigeria: getting to know Boko Haram

    02 December 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Mahdi Abdile, Fellow and Senior Researcher, European Institute of Peace
    Arundel House, London
    Friday 2 December 2016, 10.30–11.30AM BST

  • Manama Voices

    Turbulence of 2016 lends greater urgency to IISS Manama Dialogue

    01 December 2016.  This year’s IISS Manama Dialogue takes place amid a set of political, economic, social and security challenges in and around the Middle East and North Africa of a global importance and urgency that we have not seen for decades. As Sir John Jenkins explains, the Dialogue provides a vital forum for some of the most powerful policymakers from the region and beyond to agree on ways to address such pressing...

  • Events

    The Islamic State: Between Aspirations and Reality

    17 November 2016. 

    IISS Manama Dialogue Discourse Series
    Nelly Lahoud, Senior Fellow for Political Islamism, IISS–Middle East
    IISS–Americas, Washington DC
    Thursday 17 November 2016, 10–11AM EST

  • Strategic Comments

    The United States’ Syria quandary

    12 October 2016. 

    Following the collapse of the latest ceasefire, the Obama administration faces increasing pressure from interventionists for more robust military action against the Assad regime. But the United States' military options are problematic. The administration's Syria policy will probably not change substantially before he leaves office in January, though Hillary Clinton – his likely successor – has indicated that she would lean farther forward, in particular by imposing no-fly zones.

  • Strategic Survey

    Chapter 7: Middle East and North Africa

    27 September 2016. 

    As Syria remained the fulcrum of regional competition in the Middle East, it also emerged as a potential flashpoint for conflict between international powers.

  • Strategic Survey

    Chapter 8: Russia and Eurasia

    27 September 2016. 

    Tensions between Russia and the West manifested beyond Ukraine and Syria. The most consequential development in the relationship has been the deepening of military tensions between Russia and NATO.

  • Strategic Survey

    Chapter 5: South Asia and Afghanistan

    27 September 2016. 

    India worked to improve its economic relationship with China, while growing more wary of Chinese assertiveness in South Asia. Meanwhile, there continued to be significant friction between New Delhi and Islamabad.

  • Strategic Survey

    Chapter 6: Sub-Saharan Africa

    27 September 2016. 

    Some African leaders’ pursuit of constitutional changes allowing them to prolong their rule has become a substantial threat to peace and security.

  • Strategic Comments

    Libya’s faltering new government

    21 September 2016. 

    The new UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) has based itself in Tripoli. But the GNA has failed to muster an effective nationwide military capability and is rivalled for national authority by the Tobruk-based House of Representatives (HOR), which controls the Libyan National Army, Libya's most cohesive armed organisation, as well as Libya's oil ports. Although GNA-linked forces have decimated the Islamic State in and around Sirte, the new government's unsteady hold on Tripoli is vulnerable to HOR challenge.

  • Survival

    Latin America’s Invisible War

    12 September 2016. 

    Ioan Grillo’s Gangster Warlords and Aldo Civico’s The Para-State draw deserved attention to the violence of Latin America’s drug war.

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