• 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-US, Washington DC
    Wednesday 24 Februrary 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...

  • Events

    Is ISIS making inroads in Sub-Saharan Africa?

    26 November 2015. 

    Virginia Comolli, IISS Research Fellow for Security and Development
    Thursday 26 November 2015, 11am GMT

  • Expert Commentary

    Slate.Fr: «Je ne pense pas que bombarder Daech soit la clé du problème»

    20 November 2015.  François Heisbourg était l’invité de l'émission «Politique» sur France 24. Il a mis en garde les autorités et déclaré qu’une attaque au Moyen-Orient serait insuffisante si l’on n’apportait pas des réponses locales.

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter 5: Jihadism in North Africa: A House of Many Mansions

    17 November 2015. 

    A common narrative links the recent developments of the jihadist scene in North Africa to the toppling of the Tunisian and Libyan dictatorships and their tightly controlled security apparatuses. The main flaw of this ‘counter-revolutionary’ narrative is its lack of historical perspective.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Dana H. Allin: The Paris Attacks and Transatlantica

    17 November 2015.  In discussing the Paris attacks, President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have both employed a theme that Kerry introduced to his 2004 presidential campaign: France is America’s oldest ally. The solidarity is genuine and profound, one of the significant transatlantic ramifications of the horrific massacres of last Friday evening. There are, at the same time, some structural transatlantic tensions that the attacks could exacerbate in the coming...

  • Expert Commentary

    New York Times: How to beat ISIS - First deal with Assad

    17 November 2015.  Emile Hokayem, a senior fellow for Middle East security at the International Institute for Strategic Studies who has personal roots in Beirut and in Paris, discusses how to defeat Islamic State

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