26 February 2014.
As the lynchpin of the critical civil–military relationship, Pakistan's new chief of army staff Raheel Sharif will be able to exert influence over national politics and regional relationships, and potentially determine the success of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's third term in office.
24 February 2014.
By Kiran Hassan, Research Assistant, South Asia
The Pakistan Army is currently deploying 158,000 troops (including 58,000 frontier corps soldiers) in Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA) bordering Afghanistan. This includes North Waziristan, where its strength has increased from four infantry brigades in 2007 and where it periodically conducts operations. With 650 border posts along the border, it is not allowing cross-border movement into Afghanistan.
Colonel Zulfiqar Ali Bhatty, the Army and...
19 February 2014.
Colonel Zulfiqar Ali Bhatty
Army and Air Adviser, High Commission for Pakistan, UK
Arundel House, London
01 February 2014.
Snowden did not understand much of the material he stole, and the same is true of the newspapers that published it. Nuanced debate must start with an understanding based on facts.
21 January 2014.
By Alexa van Sickle, Assistant Editor
Nigel Inkster, IISS Director of Transnational Threats and Political Risk, gave evidence to the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee on 14 January during an evidence session on counter-terrorism, and shared insights on the implications of the Edward Snowden leaks.
Michael Ellis, Conservative MP for Northampton North, asked Inkster if he disagreed with suggestions that Edward Snowden leaks were harmful. Inkster said he did not disagree, and...
Politics and Strategy
06 January 2014.
Short memory is the software for repeated fateful errors. Egypt’s heightened repression of the Muslim Brotherhood is a good copy of the folly that led to the rise of the jihadist terrorism that culminated in 9/11. The New York Times today published my essay on this theme, which I wrote together with Daniel Benjamin, my colleague from the Clinton and Obama administrations (and my co-author for The Age of Sacred Terror and The Next Attack, as well...
12 December 2013.
By Randolph Bell, Managing Director, IISS–US
Today, 12 December, is the 50th anniversary of Kenya’s independence from Britain. The country has been in the news a good deal over the past year, so it is worth taking stock of its successes and challenges.
Despite recent setbacks, such as the horrifying al-Shabaab attack on the Westgate Mall, Kenya continues to be the most prosperous, stable and promising country in East Africa. Perhaps the...
11 December 2013.
By Kiran Hassan, Research Assistant
The Pakistan–US relationship is framed by two persistent narratives, explained the former US ambassador to Pakistan at an IISS event on Tuesday.
Ambassador Cameron Munter explained that Pakistanis feel the US has repeatedly exploited their relationship, while the US feels that the Pakistanis are dishonest. Historically, both feel betrayed on a series of commitments. Munter’s talk focused on the country’s ties during and around his appointment in...
Politics and Strategy
26 November 2013.
Iran was not the only issue on Secretary of State John Kerry’s busy weekend schedule. Following his around-the-clock negotiations on Iran’s nuclear programme, Kerry met on Sunday in London with Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan. Libya has not been at the forefront of Kerry’s crowded Middle East agenda, so the fact that Kerry met Zeidan just hours after the breakthrough with Iran may signal a renewed commitment to supporting Libya...
22 November 2013.
Recent security incidents – including an oil blockade, the kidnapping of Prime Minister Ali Zeidan, and a lethal clash between a militia and civilians in Tripoli – have exposed the stranglehold that Libya's militias have over their country. Political paralysis is complicating efforts to tackle the problem.