• Events

    What Next for Defence Acquisition Reform?

    08 December 2015. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Sir Bernard Gray, Chief of Defence Materiel, United Kingdom 
    Arundel House, London
    Tuesday 8 December, 5:30pm–6:30pm
    Followed by a drinks reception

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 1, Part I: Directed energy weapons: finally coming of age?

    02 December 2015.  Laser weapons
    US naval laser research
    Other defence-related laser research
    Radio-frequency weapons
    Challenges to and ramifications of RF weapon use

  • Events

    Lessons Encountered – Learning From the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

    01 December 2015. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Dr Richard Hooker, Director, Institute for National Strategic Studies, US National Defense University
    Arundel House, London
    Tuesday 1 December 2015, 12–1pm

  • Events

    Media Launch: IISS Strategic Dossier on Cyber Security

    01 December 2015. 

    Strategic Dossier
    Nigel Inkster, IISS Director of Future Conflict and Cyber Security
    Dr Mika Kerttunen Director of Research, Cyber Policy Institute
    Dr Eneken Tikk-Ringas Consulting Senior Fellow for Future Conflict and Cyber Security, IISS
    Arundel House, London
    Tuesday 01 December 2015, Informal Reception 4.45pm-5.15pm; Launch 5.15pm-6pm

  • Strategic Comments

    UK augments military and counter-terrorism capacities

    25 November 2015. 

    While it does not represent a substantial change in direction, Britain’s latest defence and security review offers a credible plan to improve, modernise and increase UK security and hard power. It maintains the UK as a significant defence power, and adds and protects future capabilities, including in areas that are needed to deal with modern threats such as terrorism and cyber attack.

  • Strategic Comments

    Russia’s naval modernisation will take time

    24 November 2015. 

    In terms of sheer numbers, Russian naval power has diminished considerably since the end of the Cold War. However, following the collapse in Russian defence spending in the 1990s and early 2000s, there have been marked increases in recent years. This has allowed for substantial reinvestment and a revival of naval capability.

  • Expert Commentary

    Guardian: The Vienna talks on Syria are a start. But we need a leap of imagination

    20 November 2015.  I desperately hope we can find a security settlement for the region as a whole – an expanded version of the 1989 Taif agreement, which ended the war in Lebanon

  • Expert Commentary

    Slate.Fr: «Je ne pense pas que bombarder Daech soit la clé du problème»

    20 November 2015.  François Heisbourg était l’invité de l'émission «Politique» sur France 24. Il a mis en garde les autorités et déclaré qu’une attaque au Moyen-Orient serait insuffisante si l’on n’apportait pas des réponses locales.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Nick Childs: The SDSR and UK Naval Ambition

    19 November 2015.  The results of the latest UK Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) are about to break cover. Given the tumultuous strategic backdrop, they are eagerly awaited not only in the United Kingdom itself, but also among its allies. The political signals so far suggest that, particularly compared to the 2010 review, the new SDSR will have a significant maritime emphasis. After all, the government has already declared its intention to order...

  • Expert Commentary

    Emile Hokayem: Syria between escalation and diplomacy

    18 November 2015.  Emile Hoyakem, IISS Senior Fellow for Middle East Security, speaks to students at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London

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