• Events

    Conflicts and transformation in the Levant

    04 October 2017. 

    Wednesday 4 October, 12.30–2pm BST
    Arundel House, London
    Speaker:
    Emile Hokayem, Senior Fellow for Middle East Security, IISS
    Chair:
    Dr Nicholas Redman, Director of Editorial; Editor, Strategic Survey and Adelphi Books, IISS

  • Events

    Debating counter-factuals: was the rise of ISIS inevitable?

    02 October 2017. 

    Monday 2 October, 6–7.30pm EDT
    IISS–Americas, Washington DC
    Speakers:
    Dr Hal Brands, Henry A. Kissinger Distinguished Professor of Global Affairs, Johns Hopkins University SAIS
    Dr Peter Feaver, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, Duke University
    Chair:
    Dr Dana Allin, Editor, Survival; Senior Fellow for US Foreign Policy and Transatlantic Affairs, IISS

  • Strategic Comments

    The Trump administration’s Afghanistan policy

    28 September 2017. 

    In addition to reducing terrorist threats, US President Donald Trump's new Afghanistan policy seeks to roll back the Taliban on the battlefield and pressure the group into an acceptable political settlement with far fewer US troops than Barack Obama deployed. Trump has also proposed involving India more closely in Afghanistan's economic development, which stands to antagonise Pakistan, the Taliban's key backer. In this light, it appears unlikely that the new policy will succeed.

  • IISS Voices

    Neighbours ready to block Kurdish independence

    25 September 2017.  Iraq’s Kurds enjoy greater autonomy than their brothers and sisters elsewhere in the Middle East. But a drive for full independence has caused alarm across the region, writes Emile Hokayem.

  • Strategic Comments

    Al-Qaeda’s evolution since 9/11

    22 September 2017. 

    Although the Islamic State is collapsing in the Middle East, it continues to inspire and assist terrorist attacks in the West, where jihadist terrorism is perceived as a major threat. Al-Qaeda appears to be gaining momentum after a period of relative quiescence, notably in Syria. Hamza bin Laden, Osama bin Laden's son, is a charismatic and increasingly prominent al-Qaeda leader, and is focused on Syria.

  • Survival

    America’s Generals Are Out of Ideas for Afghanistan

    18 September 2017.  The decision to do more of the same and expect different results underscores a broader strategic bankruptcy within the US national-security establishment.

  • ACD Insight

    Increasing militia violence in the CAR threatens civilians and disarmament efforts

    08 September 2017.  The proliferation of militia groups in the CAR illustrates wider trends typical of militia activity in Africa and beyond.

  • IISS Voices

    Increasing militia violence in the CAR threatens civilians and disarmament efforts

    08 September 2017.  The proliferation of militia groups in the CAR illustrates wider trends typical of militia activity in Africa and beyond.

  • Strategic Survey

    Chapter 6: Sub-Saharan Africa

    06 September 2017. 

    The intervention in Gambia fits a broader trend: West Africa is becoming increasingly democratic – or at least less tolerant of dictators.

  • Strategic Survey

    Chapter 7: Middle East and North Africa

    06 September 2017. 

    Maintaining the most potent geopolitical rivalry in the Middle East, Iran and Saudi Arabia moved even further apart in the year to mid-2017, seeking to solidify their respective alliances and adjust their positions in response to fluctuating US policy.

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