• Survival

    The Regional Problem of Boko Haram

    22 July 2015.  Nigeria cannot defeat Boko Haram by itself; it needs the help of its neighbours. But the regional fight will not be easy.

  • IISS Voices

    Defining a 'full-spectrum' counter-terrorism strategy

    22 July 2015.  Guest post by Alia Brahimi, Visiting Research Fellow at Oxford University and IISS Armed Conflict Survery contributor, and Chris Mackmurdo, Director, Contest Global On 9 July the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) took the extraordinary step of urging all British nationals, including roughly 3,000 tourists, to leave Tunisia. This tightened travel advice followed the Sousse attack by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) that left 38 people dead, including 30 British holidaymakers...

  • IISS Voices

    Hanna Ucko Neill: Kenya’s progress against al-Shabaab

    21 July 2015.  With last week’s reopening of the Westgate Mall – site of a major terrorist attack in 2013 – Nairobi’s governor is claiming all is safe before US President Barack Obama's impending visit. Yet despite recent setbacks in their neighbouring homeland of Somalia, al-Shabaab continues to plague Kenya

  • Expert Commentary

    The National Interest: Tunisia Needs to Do More to Fight Terrorism

    14 July 2015.  By Benjamin Fishman, Consulting Senior Fellow for the Middle East and North Africa The June 26 resort massacre in Tunisia that resulted in thirty-eight deaths revealed that the only Arab democracy is woefully underprepared to take on the brutality of the Islamic State. Like the March attack at Tunis’ Bardo museum, the beach and hotel had very limited security and the response times of police were insufficient to prevent dozens of...

  • Events

    Urban Warfare in the ‘Marvelous City’: Securing Rio from the Gangs

    09 July 2015. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Antônio Sampaio 
    Research Associate for Security and Development, IISS
    Christoph Harig 
    Doctoral Researcher, Brazil Institute, King’s College London
    Arundel House, London
    Thursday 9 July 2015

  • Strategic Comments

    Communications interception: UK report seeks legal reform

    08 July 2015. 

    British spies’ bulk collection of citizens’ phone and internet metadata doesn’t breach EU law, a new government report says. However, the document does recommend an overhaul of the complex UK law governing the field.

  • Expert Commentary

    Washington Times: Nigeria's deadly Boko Haram 'didn't come out of the blue'

    19 June 2015.  Interview with Virginia Comolli, Research Fellow for Security and Development WASHINGTON TIMES: Why did you write a book about Boko Haram? VIRGINIA COMOLLI: I came to look at Boko Haram not because I am an Africanist, but because I am a security analyst very much interested in state groups. Most of my work is channelled through the study of insurgencies, extremism, terrorism and organized crime. So this is how I started to...

  • Expert Commentary

    Christianity Today: Getting a Handle on Boko Haram

    05 June 2015.  Christianity Today interview with Virignia Comolli, Research Fellow for Security and Development CHRISTIANITY TODAY: Why are the origins of Boko Haram so unclear? VIRGINIA COMOLLI: During my research, I was struck by the amount of confusion and contrasting views among high-level politicians and members of the military. There are people who believe it is a group purely motivated by violent religious extremism. Other people say it is a political movement. Other people think it’s...

  • Shangri-La Dialogue

    Armed Forces and New Terrorist Threats

    30 May 2015. 

    Shangri-La Dialogue 2015 Special Session One
    Chair: General The Lord Richards of Herstmonceux, Senior Adviser for the Middle East and Asia-Pacific, IISS; former Chief of the Defence Staff, United Kingdom 
    Senator John McCain, Chairman, Armed Services Committee, United States Senate 
    General Knud Bartels, Chairman, NATO Military Committee 
    General Thomas Lawson, Chief of the Defence Staff, Canada 
    Nigel Inkster, Director for Transnational Threats and Political Risk, IISS 
    Colonel Lu Yin, Associate Research Fellow, Strategic Teaching and Research Department, National Defense University, People’s Liberation Army, China

  • Strategic Dossiers

    Chapter Ten: China’s domestic security challenges: Xinjiang, Tibet and Hong Kong

    26 May 2015. 

    China’s New Frontier: Xinjiang; The fallout from the Urumqi riots; Escalating violence; Tibet; The Dalai Lama and the independence movement; The 2008 riots; Surveillance grid; Hong Kong; Chronology of protests; Beijing’s core concerns

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