• Expert Commentary

    Foreign Policy: Obama’s Disastrous Betrayal of the Syrian Rebels

    05 February 2016.  By Emile Hokayem, Senior Fellow for Middle East Security What a difference a year makes in Syria. And the introduction of massive Russian airpower. Last February, President Bashar al-Assad’s regime and its Shiite auxiliaries mounted a large-scale attempt to encircle Aleppo, the northern city divided between regime and rebels since 2012 and battered by the dictator’s barrel bombs. Islamist and non-Islamist mainstream rebels — to the surprise of those who have derided...

  • Events

    North Africa in Transition

    20 January 2016. 

    IISS-US Book Launch
    Ben Fishman, Editor, North Africa in Transition
    Haim Malka, Contributing Author, North Africa in Transition; Middle East Program Deputy Director and Senior Fellow, CSIS
    John Desrocher, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Egypt and Maghreb Affairs
    Chair: Mark Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, IISS-US
    IISS-US, Washington DC
    Wednesday 20 January 2016, 2pm-3pm EST

  • IISS Voices

    Jeremy Taylor: Further hurdles on South Sudan’s fragile path to peace

    18 January 2016.  Despite the peace deal signed in August 2015, violence continues in South Sudan, and President Salva Kiir’s recent decision to increase the number of states in the country threatens the implementation of the agreement

  • Events

    Understanding the strategies of non-state actors in armed conflict: a comparative study

    18 January 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Anastasia Voronkova, Editor, Armed Conflict Survey; Research Fellow for Armed Conflict and the Armed Conflict Database, IISS
    Arundel House, London
    Monday 18 January 2016, 5.30-6.30pm

  • ACD Insight

    Further hurdles on South Sudan’s fragile path to peace

    18 January 2016.  Despite the peace deal signed in August 2015, violence continues in South Sudan, and President Salva Kiir’s recent decision to increase the number of states in the country threatens the implementation of the agreement

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter 7: A revolution without a revolutionary foreign policy

    12 January 2016. 

    Gamal Hassan explains the remarkable stability of Egypt’s foreign policy during a period of upheaval, and traces its fundamental drivers back to a consensus built during the Mubarak era. He contends that despite fears of a potential realignment, Egyptian foreign policy continues to fall back on positions that Mubarak established.

  • Adelphi Books

    Introduction

    12 January 2016. 

    This Adelphi volume attempts to make sense of the changing dynamics, shed light on the period between 2011 and 2015 and determine the factors that will shape Egypt’s trajectory under Sisi. It provides a rigorous and comprehensive assessment of every aspect of contemporary politics and policy, insights about the workings of society and government, and indications about what lies ahead for the country.

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter 6: Civil society

    12 January 2016. 

    H.A. Hellyer looks at the role of civil-society groups in Egypt's political transformation, and their often painful adjustment to less-than-satisfactory outcomes. He details the role of the media, youth groups, labour unions and non-governmental organisations, as they have struggled to overcome yet another wave of marginalisation.

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter 5: Egypt’s non-Islamist parties

    12 January 2016. 

    Michael Wahid Hanna analyses the disparate array of non-Islamist political forces that have struggled to position themselves and ensure their relevance to the ever-changing politics of Egypt. He discusses several stages of fracture within non-Islamist parties, which have ultimately led to the demise of a genuine political opposition.

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter 2: Courts and police in revolution

    12 January 2016. 

    Ellis Goldberg provides an in-depth analysis of two of Egypt’s core institutions: the security forces and the judiciary. He illustrates how they have inserted themselves into the politics of the transition to secure their interests.

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