• 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.

  • ACD Insight

    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

  • 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

  • Expert Commentary

    La Vie: Les terroristes ne sont pas des combattants, ce sont des criminels

    22 July 2016.  By Francois Heisbourg, Chair of the IISS Council Conseiller spécial à la Fondation pour la recherche stratégique et auteur de "Comment perdre la guerre contre le terrorisme" (Stock), François Heisbourg analyse pour La Vie le poids de la menace terroriste aujourd'hui en France et les mesures à prendre pour lutter plus efficacement contre Daech. Peut-on dire que nous sommes en guerre, comme le répètent les responsables politiques depuis plusieurs mois ? Je récuse complètement...

  • Events

    Operation Zarb-e-Azb: Final Push to Defeating the Taliban

    18 July 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Colonel Zulfiqar Ali Bhatty, Army and Air Adviser, High Commission for Pakistan, UK
    Arundel House, London
    Monday 18 July 2016, 12.30–1.30PM BST

  • Politics and Strategy

    Dana H. Allin: Terror and Politics

    15 July 2016.  The strategic effect of terrorism depends on the transmission mechanism of politics. It is naïve to imagine that the political norms of Western democracies will be unaffected by the ability of solitary terrorists to render public spaces insecure, which is one reason why the work of security services is a frontline defence of democratic values. But the judgement and temperament of politicians is also critical. Last night Newt Gingrich, the former...

  • Survival

    Why Victories in Battle Have Not Yet Finished the War Against al-Shabaab

    11 July 2016. 

    There have been victories in the fight against al-Shabaab in Somalia, but claims of major success are belied by the group’s persistent presence throughout the country.

  • Survival

    Countering the Islamic State in Libya

    11 July 2016. 

    If nothing is done to stop the Islamic State’s expansion in Libya, it could become a problem on a scale similar to that which it poses in Syria – but much closer to Europe.

  • Survival

    The Islamic State in South and Central Asia

    11 July 2016. 

    The emergence of the Islamic State in Afghanistan and Pakistan has the potential to radically alter the balance of militant forces in the region. 

  • IISS Voices

    Ben Barry: Britain's Iraq Inquiry - an initial military assessment

    07 July 2016.  The long-awaited results of a seven-year inquiry into the UK's role in the Iraq War of 2003 have finally been published. Here, Ben Barry recalls his own experiences of assessing the British Army's efforts to stabilise the country after the conflict and how he came to similarly uncomfortable conclusions about the UK's failure to achieve its strategic objectives.

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