• IISS Voices

    Strategic snapshots: The Ukraine Crisis and the International System

    20 August 2014.  Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart, Petro Poroshenko, will sit down on August 26 to discuss ways of containing unrest in Ukraine. In this GSR preview, Dr Samuel Charap addresses the motives and constraints of the players involved, whether an endgame or workable modus vivendi is in sight, and how the Ukrainian crisis will affect the long-term coherence of the international system and the rules by which it...

  • Expert Commentary

    African Arguments: What hope for an extended ceasefire in the CAR?

    14 August 2014.  By Hanna Ucko Neill, Global Conflicts Analyst; Coordinator, Armed Conflict Database The signing of a ceasefire on 23 July between the CAR’s Seleka rebels and anti-Balaka fighters raised some hopes of a political solution after more than a year of violence. The talks, held in Brazzaville in the Republic of Congo, involved dozens of members of armed groups, about 170 Central African officials and civil society members. The ceasefire was welcomed...

  • 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...

  • IISS Voices

    Nigel Inkster: The resurgence of ISIS

    13 June 2014.  By Nigel Inkster, Director, Transnational Threats and Political Risk The world was taken by surprise when, on 10 June 2014, the violent jihadi group called the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) took over Mosul, the capital of Nineweh province and Iraq’s second-largest city. Having paused to install a civilian administration in Nineweh province, headed by the veteran Sunni military officer Hashim al Jammas, ISIS forces have continued their push east...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Samuel Charap: The nature of violence in Ukraine

    19 May 2014.  The so-called referenda in Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk regions over the weekend are widely seen in Western capitals purely as a prelude to further Russian aggression. Certainly, further incursions into Ukrainian territory cannot be ruled out, particularly given what seems to be the long-term stationing of a massive strike force just across the border. But events in Ukraine demand that Western governments be as concerned about a ‘Bosnia scenario’ as...

  • Events

    The Iran and Syria Alliance – Holding Strong?

    19 May 2014. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Jubin Goodarzi,
    Deputy Head, International Relations Department, Webster University
    Julien Barnes-Dacey,
    Senior Policy Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, European Council on Foreign Relations
    Arundel House, London
    Monday 19 May 2014

  • Strategic Dossiers

    Chapter Eight: Domestic armed conflict in Southeast Asia

    11 May 2014. 

    The Philippines – the end of an insurgency? ; Peace talks; Zamboanga City crisis; New People’s Army – no peace in sight; Myanmar – nearing a ceasefire? ; Peace talks; Economic factors and international support; The Rohingya; Outlook; Southern Thailand – conversations begin; Peace talks; Conclusion

  • Military Balance Blog

    Christian Le Mière: Managing unplanned encounters at sea

    01 May 2014.  By Christian Le Mière, IISS Senior Fellow for Naval Forces and Maritime Security. Asia-Pacific navies took a small step in confidence-building and safety at sea on 22 April 2014. At the 14th meeting of the biennial Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS), the 21 member nations agreed to a Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES), a document that outlines the methods of communication for naval vessels and aircraft that meet unplanned beyond territorial...

  • Events

    The Ukraine crisis and the search for a new normal

    01 May 2014. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Samuel Charap
    Senior Fellow for Russia and Eurasia, IISS
    Bloomsbury House, London
    Thursday 01 May 2014

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