• Events

    Cyber Security: Strategies in the Gulf

    03 April 2014. 

    IISS-Middle East Cyber Security Expert Series
    Dr John B Sheldon
    Founder, and Principal Consultant, The Torridon Group
    Lt Col Mika Kerttunen
    Director, Department of Leadership, Baltic Defence College
    Chris Spirito
    International Cyber Lead, The MITRE Corporation
    IISS-Middle East, Manama
    Thursday 03 April 2014 4-5:30pm Bahrain Time/2-3:30pm BST

  • Events

    Data Collection and Privacy Considerations for the GCC

    03 March 2014. 

    IISS-Middle East Round Table Discussion
    Nigel Inkster, Director of Transnational Threats and Political Risk
    Eneken Tikk-Ringas
    IISS-Middle East, Manama
    Sunday 09 March 2014

  • Strategic Comments

    Pakistan’s delicate civil–military balance

    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.

  • IISS Voices

    Kiran Hassan: Pakistan Army’s operations in the tribal areas

    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...

  • Events

    The Pakistan Army’s Operations in the Tribal Areas

    19 February 2014. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Colonel Zulfiqar Ali Bhatty
    Army and Air Adviser, High Commission for Pakistan, UK
    Arundel House, London

  • Survival

    The Snowden Revelations: Myths and Misapprehensions

    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.

  • IISS Voices

    Alexa van Sickle: Surveillance and ambiguity

    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

    Steven Simon: Egypt’s crackdown could create new al-Qaedas

    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...

  • IISS Voices

    Randolph Bell: Kenya at 50

    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...

  • IISS Voices

    US–Pakistan relations to 2014 and beyond

    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...

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