• IISS Voices

    Jonathan Stevenson: ISIS's bad week

    18 August 2016.  In light of ISIS's recent setbacks, the group’s strategic decline in the broader Middle East is more a trend than an aberration, argues Jonathan Stevenson.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Jonathan Stevenson: The German Attacks and the Categorisation Problem

    01 August 2016.  Four ‘lone wolf’ attacks within a single week rocked Germany last month – all four by Muslims, three by recent immigrants and three in Bavaria, the area of the country most accessible from the Middle East. On 18 July, an Afghan asylum seeker attacked and badly injured five people with a knife and an axe on a train near Würzburg. The worst incident occurred on 22 July when a German-Iranian...

  • Expert Commentary

    Democracy and Security: How the CT Community Failed to Anticipate the Islamic State

    29 July 2016.  By Nelly Lahoud, Senior Fellow for Political Islamism, IISS–Middle East This article is a critique of the dominant approach within the counter-terrorism (CT) community that failed to analyze IS’s trajectory as a distinct group since at least 2006. We argue that two factors account for this failure. The first concerns the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF), the law that was enacted in the wake of the 9/11 attacks...

  • Strategic Comments

    Pakistan: a more positive trajectory

    27 July 2016. 

    The past 18 months have been an atypically salutary period for Pakistan. Democracy has deepened, civilian–military relations have been stable, the economy has grown and foreign relations have been conducted with relative maturity and civility. While Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif does face some political turbulence and the country's long-term challenges remain substantial, Pakistan's overall outlook is improving.

  • IISS Voices

    Christopher Shay: Economic development is no panacea for tackling insurgency in India’s Red Corridor

    26 July 2016.  Reports of human rights abuses by security services could undermine counter-insurgency efforts in east India

  • ACD Insight

    Economic development is no panacea for tackling insurgency in India’s Red Corridor

    26 July 2016.  Reports of human rights abuses by security services could undermine counter-insurgency efforts in east India

  • Expert Commentary

    La Vie: Les terroristes ne sont pas des combattants, ce sont des criminels

    22 July 2016.  By Francois Heisbourg, Chair of the IISS Council Conseiller spécial à la Fondation pour la recherche stratégique et auteur de "Comment perdre la guerre contre le terrorisme" (Stock), François Heisbourg analyse pour La Vie le poids de la menace terroriste aujourd'hui en France et les mesures à prendre pour lutter plus efficacement contre Daech. Peut-on dire que nous sommes en guerre, comme le répètent les responsables politiques depuis plusieurs mois ? Je récuse complètement...

  • Events

    Operation Zarb-e-Azb: Final Push to Defeating the Taliban

    18 July 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Colonel Zulfiqar Ali Bhatty, Army and Air Adviser, High Commission for Pakistan, UK
    Arundel House, London
    Monday 18 July 2016, 12.30–1.30PM BST

  • Politics and Strategy

    Dana H. Allin: Terror and Politics

    15 July 2016.  The strategic effect of terrorism depends on the transmission mechanism of politics. It is naïve to imagine that the political norms of Western democracies will be unaffected by the ability of solitary terrorists to render public spaces insecure, which is one reason why the work of security services is a frontline defence of democratic values. But the judgement and temperament of politicians is also critical. Last night Newt Gingrich, the former...

  • Survival

    Why Victories in Battle Have Not Yet Finished the War Against al-Shabaab

    11 July 2016. 

    There have been victories in the fight against al-Shabaab in Somalia, but claims of major success are belied by the group’s persistent presence throughout the country.

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