• Expert Commentary

    Independent: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

    28 January 2015.  On 21 January, Iraq Inquiry chairman Sir John Chilcot announced that the investigative report would not be published before the UK general election in May 2015. Amid growing frustration at this delay, Consulting Fellow for the Middle East Toby Dodge reflected on his experience in 2002 of briefing then-prime minister Tony Blair on the potential negative outcomes of an invasion. Speaking to the Independent, Dodge described how he and five...

  • Events

    Responding to the Growing Threat of Homegrown Terrorists in Europe

    27 January 2015. 

    IISS-US Lecture Series
    Dr Angel Rabasa, Senior Political Scientist, RAND Corporation  
    Discussant: Dr. Jackson Janes, President, American Institute for Contemproary German Studies, Johns Hopkins SAIS
    IISS-US, Washington DC
    Tuesday 27 January 2015

  • Events

    Pakistan's Security Perspectives

    15 January 2015. 

    Off-the-Record Discussion
    General Raheel Sharif
    Chief of Army Staff, Pakistan
    Arundel House, London
    Friday, 16 January 2014

  • Expert Commentary

    British Forces News: What would a cyber attack on the UK be like?

    09 January 2015.  Nigel Inkster, Director of Transnational Threats and Political Risk, speaks to British Forces News 'Given the UK’s membership of the UN Security council, its network of international alliances and commitments and its tradition of an activist foreign and defence policy, the likelihood that at some point it might fall victim to a serious cyber attack... is high.  'The UK is particularly vulnerable to such attacks because it is a highly networked and...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Dana H. Allin: Degrees of Separation

    09 January 2015.  I was riding my usual train home last night when a friend in Boston called my cell phone. He announced, in preface, that he had something shocking to tell me. The sister of a mutual graduate-school friend was among the 12 people shot dead in the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris on Wednesday. She looked like my old friend, she was an accomplished and beloved psychologist, and she wrote a...

  • Expert Commentary

    L'Opinion: Les démocraties doivent se préparer à gérer les conséquences du terrorisme

    08 January 2015.  L'Opinion interview with Francois Heisbourg, Chairman of the IISS and of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy Quelques heures après la tuerie au siège du journal Charlie Hebdo, les questions sur les raisons d’un tel drame ou sur ses conséquences ne vont pas tarder à émerger. François Heisbourg , spécialiste du terrorisme, met en garde contre tout excès menant à modifier trop vite l’arsenal législatif français. Comment une démocratie traverse un moment aussi...

  • IISS Voices

    Nigel Inkster: The Aftermath of Charlie Hebdo

    08 January 2015.  By Nigel Inkster, Director for Transnational Threats and Political Risk The circumstances surrounding the attack by three gunmen on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo are still unfolding and authoritative commentary is hard to produce. One of the suspects has turned himself in and the two remaining suspects, French nationals of Algerian origin with jihadist antecedents, are the subject of a nationwide manhunt. As is so often the case, it was...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Dana H. Allin: A dismal reaction to the torture report

    19 December 2014.  It has now been a week and some days since the US Senate Intelligence Committee released the unclassified summary of its detailed report on the CIA’s systematic torture of terrorist suspects after 9/11. My colleague Nigel Inkster has already reflected on the dispiriting contents. Although it covers facts that ‘have never been the subject of serious dispute’, what the report does make clear is that ‘greater levels of brutality had...

  • IISS Voices

    Nigel Inkster: Torture and the CIA

    10 December 2014.  By Nigel Inkster, Director for Transnational Threats and Political Risk The unclassified version of the United States Senate report on the CIA’s detention and interrogation of suspected al-Qaeda detainees released on 9 December 2014 makes sobering reading. The facts of the Senate report are not disputed. Between 2001 and 2006, the CIA detained 119 suspected al-Qaeda operatives in a number of secret locations. Of these, 26 subsequently proved to have had...

Welcome to the IISS’ new search feature: here you will find content from the Institute on the topic/region selected. Click ‘advanced search options’ to filter by content type, date, related topics and/or experts.

To see your previous purchases and favourites, log-in to My IISS.