• Strategic Comments

    The Islamic State and Southeast Asia

    23 November 2016. 

    Up to a thousand Southeast Asians have travelled to the Middle East to fight for the Islamic State. While some may return to Southeast Asia and engage in terrorist operations, the greater threat is that the Islamic State's rise in international prominence will foment homegrown extremism and terrorist activity.

  • South Asia Conferences

    IISS–NESA South Asia Security Conference 2016

    21 October 2016. 

    10th ‘Track 1.5’ South Asia Security Conference
    Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Muscat, Oman
    21–23 October 2016

  • Strategic Survey

    Chapter 9: Europe

    27 September 2016. 

    The British referendum brought into renewed focus a familiar issue: the EU’s perceived democratic deficit. The growth of euroscepticism suggests that governments will need to address it more explicitly.

  • Events

    The proliferation of terrorist watch lists in the US

    22 September 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Dr Jeffrey Kahn, Professor of Law, Dedman School of Law, Southern Methodist University
    Arundel House, London
    Thursday 22 September 2016, 12.30–1.30PM BST

  • Expert Commentary

    Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion: The Evolution of Modern Jihadism

    01 September 2016.  By Nelly Lahoud, Senior Fellow for Political Islamism, IISS–Middle East Political Islam has generated two ideological strands that use religious ideology to advance their goals, namely, Islamism and jihadism. On the one hand, Islamists have formulated a political paradigm premised on Islamic teachings that are adaptable to the secular framework of the modern state and have, therefore, endured both as domestic and global political actors. On the other hand, jihadis have rejected...

  • 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

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