• Strategic Comments

    Countering hybrid threats: challenges for the West

    21 November 2014. 

    The West's adversaries have increasingly sensed the advantages of mixing up tactics and gaining asymmetric advantages. Countering such 'hybrid' threats will require new, adjustable, cross-government, cross-Alliance responses.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Darby Arakelian and James P. Farwell: Credibility is the key to exposing ISIS

    19 November 2014.  The images of Christians crucified, innocent civilians shot in the head and journalists brutally beheaded by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) – in Arabic, Da’esh – play like a scene out of Dante’s Inferno. Retired Marine General John Allen calls the extremists’ propaganda machine ‘cruelly effective’ and argues that defeating ISIS requires exposing it as the ‘un-Islamic, criminal cult of violence that it really is’. His solution is...

  • News

    Mexico disappearances expose corruption undermining anti-drugs fight

    05 November 2014.  The disappearance of 43 student teachers in the town of Iguala proves that, having restructured federal security agencies in its war against drug cartels, Mexico must now reform local agencies and police

  • IISS Voices

    Antonio Sampaio: Mexico disappearances expose corruption undermining anti-drugs fight

    05 November 2014.  The disappearance of 43 student teachers in the town of Iguala proves that, having restructured federal security agencies in its war against drug cartels, Mexico must now reform local agencies and police

  • Events

    COIN in Thailand: Combining security and socio-economic policies

    28 October 2014.  Discussion Meeting
    Dr Jeff M. Moore
    CEO, Muir Analytics
    Arundel House, London
    Tuesday 28 October 2014

  • Strategic Comments

    ISIS: the threat to homeland security

    24 October 2014.  Western governments face a new homeland security preoccupation: the growing numbers of young Westerners joining Syrian rebel groups. This trend is giving rise to concerns that these 'foreign fighters' could return home having been radicalised to the point that they are willing to undertake terrorist attacks in their own countries.

  • Expert Commentary

    National Interest: A Perfect Solution to Nuclear Talks with Iran - A Deal Deemed Imperfect by All

    22 October 2014.  By Dina Esfandiary, Research Associate, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme In today’s Middle East, dysfunction is a bigger enemy than hostile states. The United States needs as many partners as possible in this part of the world to tackle the current chaos. Relations between Iran, a dominant state in the region, and the West are today at a vital crossroads. Reaching a deal with Tehran will not only constrain its nuclear program...

  • Expert Commentary

    ABC News: Islamic State can be defeated

    10 September 2014.  Former MI6 deputy, Nigel Inkster, says that the Islamic State military group can be beaten in Iraq and Syria but there are conditions. Watch the Interview LEIGH SALES, PRESENTER: The case of Amira Karroum is far from isolated, with thousands of foreigners believed to be part of the fight in Syria and Iraq. The potential threat if they return home is one of the reasons that Australia, the United States and other...

  • 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

  • Events

    Pakistan: Fostering Regional Cooperation and Stability

    07 July 2014. 

    IISS-UK Discussion Meeting
    Amer Hashmi, Advisor, National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST);
    President and Senior Fellow, NUST Global Think Tank Network, Pakistan
    Monday 7 July 2014, 1:30-2:30pm

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