• Survival

    Was the Rise of ISIS Inevitable?

    16 May 2017.  The most fateful American choice in the rise of ISIS was also the oldest one: the 2003 decision to invade Iraq, followed by the mismanagement of the occupation.

  • Survival

    The End of a Caliphate

    16 May 2017.  It is not clear that the United States will commit to the long-term efforts needed to prevail against the Islamic State’s affiliates, and to ensure the organisation does not re-emerge in Iraq and Syria.

  • Survival

    The Interpreters

    16 May 2017.  The treatment of local civilians formerly employed by foreign militaries in Afghanistan is a source of shame for the soldiers with whom they served.

  • IISS Voices

    Is Mexico really in a state of conflict?

    12 May 2017.  During our work monitoring the world’s armed conflicts, we look at a number of criteria to discern whether a country is in conflict, rather than suffering from high levels of violent criminality. A conflict’s duration and tempo, as well as the threat it poses to the state, are key factors, explains Anastasia Voronkova.

  • Armed Conflict Survey

    Chapter 6: Asia-Pacific

    09 May 2017. 

    China (Xinjiang)
    Myanmar
    Philippines (ASG)
    Philippines (MILF)
    Philippines (NPA)
    Southern Thailand

  • Armed Conflict Survey

    Chapter 5: South Asia

    09 May 2017. 

    Afghanistan
    India (Assam)
    India (CPI–Maoist)
    India (Manipur)
    India (Nagaland)
    India–Pakistan (Kashmir)
    Pakistan

  • Armed Conflict Survey

    Chapter 3: Middle East

    09 May 2017. 

    Egypt
    Iraq
    Israel–Palestine
    Lebanon–Hizbullah–Syria
    Libya
    Mali (The Sahel)
    Syria
    Turkey (PKK)
    Yemen

  • Armed Conflict Survey

    Chapter 4: Sub-Saharan Africa

    09 May 2017. 

    Central African Republic
    Democratic Republic of the Congo
    Ethiopia
    Nigeria (Boko Haram)
    Nigeria (Delta Region)
    Somalia
    South Sudan
    Sudan (Blue Nile, Darfur and South Kordofan)

  • Armed Conflict Survey

    Chapter 1, Part I: Whither UN Peacekeeping?

    09 May 2017. 

    Addressing the limits of peacekeeping requires a sustained, systematic focus on the ways in which the activities of peacekeepers on the ground can reinforce the search for a political settlement. Blue helmets cannot impose political solutions to complex and deep-seated conflicts, but they can and should underpin and support progress towards solutions.

  • Armed Conflict Survey

    Chapter 1, Part III: The Islamic State’s Shifting Narrative

    09 May 2017. 

    As its territorial losses continued, ISIS replaced its narrative of tamkin with an emphasis on the centrality of Islamic beliefs, attempting to boost the morale of its fighters in Mosul, Raqqa and other areas of strategic importance.

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