• 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.

  • IISS Voices

    Jonathan Stevenson: Explaining US policy stasis in Syria

    12 September 2016.  The fragile hope is that the deal tentatively struck last week by John Kerry and Sergey Lavrov for the US and Russia to coordinate counter-jihadist operations and restrain opposition and regime military activity, respectively, will produce a durable ceasefire in Syria and re-energise political talks. As Jonathan Stevenson explains, prospects for success are dubious.

  • Events

    Envisioning a political transition in Syria: a dialogue with the High Negotiations Committee

    07 September 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Dr Riyad Hijab, General Coordinator, High Negotiations Committee
    Hind Kabawat, Member, High Negotiations Committee and Women's Consultative Committee
    Arundel House, London
    Wednesday 7 September 2016, 9.30–11.00AM BST

  • IISS Voices

    Jens Wardenaer: Myanmar: Progress at Panglong despite obstacles

    06 September 2016.  The 21st Century Panglong Conference represents a significant new step towards ending seven decades of conflict in Myanmar

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