• Military Balance Blog

    Joseph Dempsey: Pro-Russian separatist access to medium-range surface-to-air missiles

    18 July 2014.  By Joseph Dempsey, Research Analyst, Military Balance Online On 18 July 2014, in a White House statement on the crash in eastern Ukraine of Malaysian airlines flight MH17, US President Barack Obama stated what many already suspected. He said that the evidence indicated the aircraft was shot down by a surface-to-air missile launched from territory controlled by Russian-backed separatists inside Ukraine. Obama did not comment on the question of intent, rightly...

  • Events

    Forgotten, but not gone: the continuing threat of Boko Haram

    15 July 2014.  IISS-US Discussion Meeting
    Virginia Comolli
    Research Fellow for Security and Development
    IISS-US, Washington DC
    Tuesday 15 July 2014

  • IISS Voices

    Strategic Snapshots: Crisis in Iraq

    04 July 2014.  Adam Ward and Toby Dodge delve into Iraq's rapidly deteriorating security situation, tangled political web and weak institutions to ask how this strategically important country will deal with the announcement of an ISIS caliphate on its territory. 

  • Military Balance Blog

    Douglas Barrie and Joseph Dempsey: The limitations of Iraqi air power

    02 July 2014.  By Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace and Joseph Dempsey, Research Analyst, Military Balance Online If the last few weeks have brutally exposed shortcomings within the Iraqi Army and security forces, the limitations of its nascent air force in dealing with Islamic State of Syria and al-Sham (ISIS) insurgents have been known for considerably longer. Combat operations against ISIS in 2013 resulted in the death and injury of a number...

  • Military Balance Blog

    Joseph Dempsey: Iraqi's latest Su-25s come from Iran

    02 July 2014.  By Joseph Dempsey, Research Analyst, Military Balance Online Following on from an initial delivery of Su-25 Frogfoot ground attack aircraft from Russia, the Iraqi Ministry of Defence announced a further delivery had been received on 1 July 2014. Although the source of this latest delivery of Su-25s has not been officially commented upon, it is the conclusion of IISS analysts that these latest examples originate from neighbouring Iran. Iran has recently pledged...

  • Military Balance Blog

    Ben Barry: Iraq - from insurgency to counter-insurgency and back again

    01 July 2014.  By Ben Barry, Senior Fellow for Land Warfare The recent rapid eviction of Iraqi government forces from much of Ninewa and Anbar provinces by the jihadi insurgents of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) is a bitter blow for the Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki. It is uncomfortable news for many in the US, including President Barack Obama’s national security team and US veterans of the Iraq War, as progress made...

  • Events

    Syria after Geneva, the Elections, and ISIS: Partition, Fragmentation, and Escalation

    01 July 2014. 

    IISS-US Discussion Meeting
    Emile Hokayem
    Senior Fellow for Middle East Security, IISS
    Tuesday 01 July 2014

  • IISS Voices

    Dina Esfandiary: Syria and the removal of chemical weapons

    25 June 2014.  By Dina Esfandiary, Research Associate, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme This week the remaining stockpiles of chemical weapons were shipped out of Syria, according to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The result? 100% of Syria’s declared chemical weapons stockpiles have been destroyed or removed from the country. This represents a significant victory, but many problems still remain – most notably, the continued use of chemical agents, which puts...

  • Experts' Commentary

    Toby Dodge: PM who led Isis fightback to blame for extremists' rise

    22 June 2014.  In an op-ed for the Guardian, IISS Consulting Senior Fellow for the Middle East Toby Dodge argues that the policies of Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki contributed to the rise of Isis: Nuri al-Maliki, the prime minister of Iraq since 2006, has a deeply contradictory relationship with the majority of the country who share his Shia faith. On the one hand, the state he has run for eight years has patently failed...

  • IISS Voices

    Toby Dodge: Iraq doesn't have to fall apart. It can be reformed

    14 June 2014.  By Toby Dodge, Consulting Senior Fellow for the Middle East On 10 June, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), the group whose dramatic advances have startled the world over the past 72 hours, posted a photograph of their fighters demolishing barriers marking the dividing line between Syria and Iraq. They were, they claimed, 'smashing the Sykes-Picot border'. This was a reference to the British diplomat Sir Mark Sykes...

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