• Events

    Launch of The Military Balance 2015

    12 February 2015. 

    Press Launch
    Arundel House, London
    Wednesday 12 February 2015
    09:00 – 09:30am Informal breakfast reception
    09:30 – 10:30am IISS Director-General and Chief Executive, 
    Dr John Chipman’s remarks and Q&A with the panel

  • The Military Balance

    The Military Balance 2015 - FORTHCOMING FEB 2015

    02 February 2015. 

    The Military Balance is The International Institute for Strategic Studies’ annual assessment of the military capabilities and defence economics of 171 countries worldwide. It is an essential resource for those involved in security policy-making, analysis and research.

  • Strategic Comments

    US Navy seeks to maintain supremacy

    16 December 2014. 

    To other navies, the US Navy remains indisputably the world’s pre-eminent military maritime force. But it considers itself to be spread thinly and is reviewing its maritime strategy.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Matthew Harries: Ashton Carter's defence inheritance

    06 December 2014.  At the turn of the twenty-first century (or Winter 1999–2000, in journal parlance), Ashton Carter – now nominated to be US Secretary of Defense – wrote for Survival on the evergreen topic of ‘Adapting US defence to future needs’. Then a professor at Harvard and a veteran of the first Clinton administration, Carter struck a bullish note. ‘The American military’, he wrote, ‘is the envy of the world’. America’s post-Cold...

  • Events

    Launch of The Ties That Divide

    14 November 2014. 

    Adelphi Book Launch
    William Choong, Shangri-La Dialogue Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific Security
    IISS-Asia, Singapore
    Friday 14 November, 10:30-11:30am SGT

  • Politics and Strategy

    Christian Le Miere: The hunt for historical relevance in Sweden’s waters

    27 October 2014.  On 24 October, a week-long submarine hunt in Swedish waters ended, seemingly unsuccessfully. The operation was dubbed ‘The Hunt for Reds in October’ by international media. This light-hearted moniker may be inaccurate (are we even allowed to call Russians ‘Reds’ anymore?) and presumptuous (given that the national origin of the submarine is still unconfirmed), but is nonetheless useful as a signifier of earlier incidents in the Nordic countries. The most famous...

  • Military Balance Blog

    Christian Le Miere: China’s maritime diplomacy in the Persian Gulf

    21 September 2014.  By Christian Le Mière, Senior Fellow for Naval Forces and Maritime Security On 20 September 2014, two ships from the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) pulled alongside in Bandar Abbas, Iran. The port call, led by the Type-052C destroyer Changchun, came ahead of joint exercises in the Persian Gulf due to start on 22 September. Changchun is the PLAN’s flagship for its 17th deployment on counter-piracy duties in the Gulf of Aden...

  • EU Non Proliferation and Disarmament Conference

    Bringing the Arms Trade Treaty into Force

    05 September 2014. 

    EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference 2014 Special Session 12
    Chair: Pierre-Arnaud Lotton, Chair, EU Council Working Group on Arms Exports (COARM), EEAS
    Eden Charles,  Ambassador of Trinidad and Tobago to the UN
    Sani Adamu, Program Officer, Small Arms Division, ECOWAS Commission
    Jessica Hand, Head, Arms Export Policy Department, Directorate for Defence and International Security, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, United Kingdom

  • IISS Voices

    Alexander Nicoll: NATO summit will stiffen Western resolve

    03 September 2014.  By Alexander Nicoll, Senior Fellow for Geo-economics and Defence The NATO summit in Wales this week was originally expected to be dull. The Alliance would look at ways to keep itself relevant after ending a 13-year combat presence in Afghanistan. But as it turns out, the gathering comes at a key moment, and leaders will take significant steps to strengthen the West’s ability to deal with the challenges that have erupted in...

  • Survival

    Sustaining Europe’s Security

    25 July 2014. 

    Future generations should not be burdened with debt, but their security needs must also be met.

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