• Strategic Comments

    US Afghanistan policy: regional aspects

    05 October 2017. 

    US President Donald Trump's new ‘Afghanistan and South Asia’ policy identifies Pakistan and India as key players but ignores or minimises other influential regional actors with vested interests in Afghanistan, including China, Russia, Iran and Saudi Arabia. Unless the US better integrates their interests, any regional approach to Afghanistan's stability and security is unlikely to succeed.

  • Strategic Comments

    The Trump administration’s Afghanistan policy

    28 September 2017. 

    In addition to reducing terrorist threats, US President Donald Trump's new Afghanistan policy seeks to roll back the Taliban on the battlefield and pressure the group into an acceptable political settlement with far fewer US troops than Barack Obama deployed. Trump has also proposed involving India more closely in Afghanistan's economic development, which stands to antagonise Pakistan, the Taliban's key backer. In this light, it appears unlikely that the new policy will succeed.

  • Events

    ISIS, Al Qaeda, and Beyond: From Barcelona to Raqqa

    28 September 2017. 

    Thursday 28 September, 10–11am EDT
    IISS–Americas, Washington DC
    Speaker:
    Robin Wright, Joint Fellow, U.S. Institute of Peace and the Woodrow Wilson International Center
    Chair:
    Mark Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, IISS–Americas

  • ACD Insight

    Increasing militia violence in the CAR threatens civilians and disarmament efforts

    08 September 2017.  The proliferation of militia groups in the CAR illustrates wider trends typical of militia activity in Africa and beyond.

  • IISS Voices

    Increasing militia violence in the CAR threatens civilians and disarmament efforts

    08 September 2017.  The proliferation of militia groups in the CAR illustrates wider trends typical of militia activity in Africa and beyond.

  • Strategic Survey

    Chapter 11: North America

    06 September 2017. 

    The transactional mindset that served President Donald Trump so well in his business career appears ill-suited to international relations; this is particularly the case at a time when the US faces a revanchist Russia and a rising China increasingly jealous of American influence in the Asia-Pacific.


  • Strategic Survey

    Chapter 1: Prospectives

    06 September 2017. 

    The goal of shaping the international strategic environment seems out of reach even for the larger powers, unless resources are made available to meet the complex and hybrid threats that have emerged.  

  • Strategic Survey

    Chapter 8: Russia and Eurasia

    06 September 2017. 

    As neither the US nor Russia has put forward realistic proposals to address the structural problems in their relationship – despite the need for such measures in arms control and the security architecture of the post-Soviet region – the new Cold War dynamic looks set to remain in place.

  • Strategic Survey

    Chapter 5: South Asia and Afghanistan

    06 September 2017. 

    Amid growing tension with both China and Pakistan, India has made considerable progress in formulating a new, proactive policy on the Indian Ocean.


  • Strategic Survey

    Chapter 9: Europe

    06 September 2017. 

    A combination of factors relating to growing disaffection with democracy, instability on Europe’s periphery and the legacy of the economic and financial crisis has created divisions among EU member states that run between West and East, North and South.


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