• 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.

  • 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...

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