• IISS Voices

    Annabel Corser: Eliminating chemical weapons

    27 January 2015.  By Annabel Corser, Editorial Assistant The OPCW-UN Joint Mission in Syria drew to a close on 30 September 2014 and, as of October, 98.7% of Syrian chemical material has been destroyed. For Peter Sawczak (who heads the Government Relations and Political Affairs Branch of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) these successes are the latest indicators of the OPCW’s effectiveness and the value of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)...

  • Expert Commentary

    Washington Post: Could a UN-brokered pact save Libya?

    22 January 2015.  By Ben Fishman, Consulting Senior Fellow for the Middle East and North Africa, IISS.  Libya has spent the past months moving from one disappointment to the next. Rival militias pound each other fruitlessly at the expense of the population. An oil-rich country with a small population is beset by continual power outages, unending school closures and hospital shortages. Ports, oil terminals and even the country’s main airports have become collateral damage in the...

  • Expert Commentary

    International Affairs: Iran’s ISIS policy

    16 January 2015.  By Dina Esfandiary, Research Associate, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme and Ariane Tabatabai This article assesses Iran’s strategy in dealing with the threat of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). It examines the implications of the rise of ISIS in Iran’s immediate neighbourhood for Tehran’s policies in Syria and Iraq and investigates how each of these countries affects Iranian national interests. It provides an overview of the major events marking...

  • IISS Voices

    John Drennan: The tenuous ceasefire in Ukraine

    15 January 2015.  Although negotiations in Minsk resulted in a tentative ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, a comprehensive settlement of the key issues has not yet been reached between Kyiv and the separatists, and fighting has re-escalated in 2015.

  • News

    The Tenuous Ceasefire in Ukraine

    15 January 2015.  Although negotiations in Minsk resulted in a tentative ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, a comprehensive settlement of the key issues has not yet been reached between Kyiv and the separatists, and fighting has re-escalated in 2015. 

  • Events

    Eliminating Chemical Weapons

    15 January 2015. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Peter Sawczak
    Head, Government Relations and Political Affairs Branch, 
    Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
    Ambassador Shimon Stein
    Analyst; Former Israeli Diplomat
    Nomi Bar-Yaacov
    Associate Fellow, Chatham House;
    Foreign Policy Adviser on Middle East Affairs
    Arundel House, London
    Thursday, 15 January 2014

  • Events

    International Diplomacy and the Ukraine Crisis

    15 December 2014. 

    Discussion Meeting

    The Hon. Vladimir Lukin
    Former Russian Ambassador to the US;
    Special Envoy of the Russian President for the February 21st Negotiations on Ukraine

    The Hon. Richard Burt
    Managing Director, McLarty Associates;
    Former US Ambassador to Germany;
    Chief US Negotiator for the START Agreement

    Sir Michael Leigh
    Transatlantic Academy Fellow, German Marshall Fund;
    Former Director-General for Enlargement, European Commission

    IISS-US, Washington DC
    Monday, 15 December 2014, 9:30-10:30am EST/ 2:30-3:30pm GMT

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter Five: Jordan: Caught in the Middle Again

    10 December 2014. 

    If Jordan can manage the tension between government and public views on the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, it should be able to continue handling the ongoing spillover challenges of the Syrian civil war.

  • Manama Voices

    Hebatalla Taha: The ISIS Effect

    10 December 2014.  By Hebatalla Taha, ACD Analyst ISIS – the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham – has horrified people the world over with its brutal tactics as it has overrun swathes of Iraq and Syria. Also worrying is the fact that it appears to be energising other jihadist groups, who aspire to its success and notoriety, and are pledging allegiance to the group. From Pakistan, where six senior members of the local Taliban...

  • News

    Hebatalla Taha: The ISIS Effect

    10 December 2014.  The group’s control of a vast swathe of territory, oil income and media savvy have made it a ‘brand’ that other jihadists from Egypt to Indonesia want to emulate and be associated with.

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