• Strategic Comments

    ISIS: the threat to homeland security

    24 October 2014.  Western governments face a new homeland security preoccupation: the growing numbers of young Westerners joining Syrian rebel groups. This trend is giving rise to concerns that these 'foreign fighters' could return home having been radicalised to the point that they are willing to undertake terrorist attacks in their own countries.

  • IISS Voices

    Adrian Hofer: A rogue Libyan general’s odd campaign

    17 October 2014.  Who is Khalifa Haftar, the former army general who has vowed to rid Libya of Islamists – and have his military operations against them helped or merely plunged the country into further chaos?

  • Expert Commentary

    Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: The very small Islamic State WMD threat

    16 October 2014.  By Dina Esfandiary, Research Associate, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme and Matthew Cottee, Research Analyst, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme Late last month British Home Secretary Theresa May, who is responsible for immigration and policing under Prime Minister David Cameron, alarmed many citizens when she warned that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) could “acquire chemical, biological, or even nuclear weapons to attack us.” Joseph Cirincione, president of the global-security-focused Ploughshares Fund...

  • IISS Voices

    Sarah Johnstone: Senegal’s war on Ebola

    16 October 2014.  By Sarah Johnstone, Assistant Editor, Online It would be, former Senegalese prime minister Aminata Touré promised, a ‘not very diplomatic’ speech. However, her 2014 Oppenheimer Lecture on ‘Human Security and Conflict Resolution in West Africa’ was in the end more forthright and passionate than it was revolutionary. During her London visit, the politician from one of West Africa’s most stable nations was invited into TV and radio studios to discuss the...

  • News

    A rogue Libyan general’s odd campaign

    16 October 2014.  Who is Khalifa Haftar, the former army general who has vowed to rid Libya of Islamists – and have his military operations against them helped or merely plunged the country into further chaos?

  • Strategic Comments

    Ukraine’s election: springboard for change?

    13 October 2014. 

    Elections to Ukraine's parliament should result in a new government that reflects the political changes that have occurred in the country since late 2013. But if it is not able to implement long-overdue institutional reforms, there is a substantial risk of another political crisis in the next few years.

  • IISS Voices

    Hebatalla Taha: Houthis seize power in Yemen

    06 October 2014.  Houthi rebels from northern Yemen have muscled their way into a power-sharing agreement in Sanaa, after physically overrunning the capital. It is another victory for force in one of the world's poorest and most strife-torn countries.

  • News

    Houthis seize power in Yemen

    06 October 2014.  Houthi rebels from northern Yemen have muscled their way into a power-sharing agreement in Sanaa, after physically overrunning the capital. It is another victory for force in one of the world's poorest and most strife-torn countries

  • Strategic Comments

    Libya’s civil war no closer to resolution

    03 October 2014. 

    Libya Dawn’s gambit of breaking with parliament and seizing Tripoli has yet to deliver a solid return. It continues to hope that parliament will make a power-and-oil-sharing concession in return for peace. If no such compromise is agreed, war is likely to continue.

  • Strategic Comments

    Central African Republic: new UN mission

    30 September 2014. 

    The success of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the CAR will depend on its ability to adapt to the shifting dynamics of a conflict that has gripped the country since early 2013. It hopes to succeed where eight previous peacekeeping missions since 1979 have failed.

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