• Events

    Global Jihadism: Going Backwards?

    29 April 2016. 

    Webinar
    Nigel Inkster, Director of Future Conflict and Cyber Security, IISS
    Friday 29 April 2016, 2–3PM BST

  • Events

    Pakistan's Security Perspective

    26 April 2016. 

    Key Address
    Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Federal Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control, Pakistan
    Arundel House, London
    Tuesday 26 April 2016, 2-3pm BST

  • Strategic Comments

    After Brussels: understanding and countering ISIS’s strategy

    30 March 2016. 

    The recent attacks in Brussels confirmed Islamic State’s strategy of supplementing its flagging effort to establish a Middle East caliphate with an out-of-area campaign of urban terror focusing on Europe. Unity among Europe’s policymakers remains key to securing the continent against terrorism and addressing the root causes of Muslim radicalisation.

  • IISS Voices

    Nigel Inkster: Terrorism, Europe and Brexit

    29 March 2016.  The recent terrorist attacks in Belgium and France have provoked debate about whether the UK would be safer in or out of the EU. Nigel Inkster argues that cooperation, not fragmentation, is needed for modern counter-terrorism.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Jonathan Stevenson: Grim business as usual after Brussels

    23 March 2016.  The analytic consensus was that the Paris attacks on 13 November 2015 that killed 130 people signalled a new phase for the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL), in which it would supplement its attempt to establish a caliphate in the Middle East and North Africa with out-of-area attacks that enhanced its brand and thickened the flow of recruits to the main cause. The question was when the...

  • Events

    Islamic State and the Failures of the War on Terror

    29 February 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    David Kilcullen, Former Senior Counterinsurgency Advisor in Iraq and to the NATO Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan
    Nigel Inkster, Director of Future Conflict and Cyber Security, IISS
    Arundel House, London
    Monday 29 February 2016, 6-7pm

  • Events

    The Changing Nature of Terrorism and Counterterrorism

    24 February 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Daniel Byman, Professor, Georgetown University Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service;
    Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution 
    Bruce Hoffman, Professor and Director, Georgetown University Center for Security Studies; Senior Fellow, US Military Academy Combating Terrorism Center
    Chair: Donald Daniel, Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University
    IISS–Americas, Washington DC
    Wednesday 24 February 2016, 2.00-3.00pm EST

  • Survival

    The Cult of ISIS

    19 January 2016. 

    The Islamic State is a cult; it cannot be fought as a mere terrorist organisation or a proto-state with territorial ambitions.

  • Survival

    Defining ISIS

    19 January 2016. 

    Joby Warrick’s Black Flags and William McCants’s The ISIS Apocalypse are, rightly, two of the most acclaimed in a series of recent books on the Islamic State’s origins. But the motivations of ISIS’s followers and recruits remain unclear.

  • Expert Commentary

    New Statesman: No one knows what they're doing in Syria - but standing back is not an option

    06 December 2015.  By Sir John Jenkins, Executive Director, IISS-Middle East The essential truth about Syria is that no one apart from Iran knows what they are doing. This isn’t an admission of incompetence. It is a recognition that there are so many different actors in the conflict, so many moving parts to any solution, and so many different linkages with other conflicts and sociopolitical challenges in the wider region, and that so much stuff...

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