• Military Balance Blog

    Douglas Barrie and Joseph Dempsey: The limitations of Iraqi air power

    02 July 2014.  By Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace and Joseph Dempsey, Research Analyst, Military Balance Online If the last few weeks have brutally exposed shortcomings within the Iraqi Army and security forces, the limitations of its nascent air force in dealing with Islamic State of Syria and al-Sham (ISIS) insurgents have been known for considerably longer. Combat operations against ISIS in 2013 resulted in the death and injury of a number...

  • Military Balance Blog

    Joseph Dempsey: Iraqi's latest Su-25s come from Iran

    02 July 2014.  By Joseph Dempsey, Research Analyst, Military Balance Online Following on from an initial delivery of Su-25 Frogfoot ground attack aircraft from Russia, the Iraqi Ministry of Defence announced a further delivery had been received on 1 July 2014. Although the source of this latest delivery of Su-25s has not been officially commented upon, it is the conclusion of IISS analysts that these latest examples originate from neighbouring Iran. Iran has recently pledged...

  • Events

    Is there an Arms Race in Asia?

    26 June 2014. 

    IISS-US Discussion Meeting
    Christian Le Mière
    Senior Fellow for Naval Forces and Maritime Security, IISS
    Douglas Paal
    Vice President for Studies and Director of the Asia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
    Thursday 26 June 2014

  • Events

    India's Maritime Security: Challenges and Opportunities

    16 June 2014. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Commodore Anil Jai Singh (Retd)
    Vice President, Indian Maritime Foundation, New Delhi, India
    Arundel House, London
    Monday 16 June 2014

  • Shangri-La Voices

    Giri Rajendran: Asian Defence Budget Transparency

    31 May 2014.  By Giri Rajendran, Research Associate for Defence and Economics In his keynote address to the 13th Shangri-La Dialogue yesterday, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe used the opportunity to urge the region to become more transparent about its defence expenditure, as a first step to rein in ‘disproportionate’ spending on ‘military expansion.’ He called for greater transparency in regional defence budgets through disclosure under a revitalised East Asia Summit: ‘a framework, under...

  • Shangri-La Dialogue

    The Impact of New Military Capabilities in the Asia-Pacific

    31 May 2014. 

    Shangri-La Dialogue 2014 Special Session Two
    Chair: General The Lord Richards of Herstmonceux, Senior Adviser for the Middle East and Asia-Pacific, IISS; Former Chief of the Defence Staff, UK
    Air Marshal Mark Binskin, Chief of Defence Force (Designate), Australia 
    Major General Yao Yunzhu, Director, Center for China-America Defense Relations, Academy of Military Science, People’s Liberation Army, China 
    Dr Ralf Brauksiepe, Parliamentary State Secretary of Defence, Germany  
    Lieutenant General Ng Chee Meng, Chief of Defence Force, Singapore

  • Strategic Comments

    Challenges for India’s new naval chief

    12 May 2014. 

    Over the past decade, India's navy has acquired a higher profile and adopted a more robust posture, due largely to India's economic growth, which relies to a large extent on ship-borne energy imports. Its new chief, Admiral Rabinder (Robin) Kumar Dhowan, must attempt to improve capabilities and fulfil an expanded strategic remit amid equipment and manpower shortfalls.

  • Strategic Dossiers

    Chapter Thirteen: Military modernisation and arms-racing in the Asia-Pacific

    07 May 2014. 

    Military aspects of the US rebalance; China’s growing military effort; Taiwan’s weakening defences; Japan’s new defence posture; South Korea’s military programmes: projecting power as well as deterring the North; Southeast Asia: complexity and competition; Singapore; Vietnam; Malaysia; The Philippines; Indonesia; Thailand; Myanmar; Australia’s defence: reacting to regional developments; India: looking both ways; A nascent arms race in the Asia-Pacific?; The regional arms dynamic; Arms-racing in Northeast Asia; The prospect for Southeast Asia; Conclusion

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