• Politics and Strategy

    Ben Fishman: Don't over-interpret Hagel's departure

    26 November 2014.  The resignation of US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on 24 November overshadowed what was supposed to be the biggest foreign-policy news of the week – the results of the Iran nuclear diplomacy in Vienna.  In fact, the two issues are related, and suggest that the Obama administration is unlikely to pursue major departures in policy just because the Republicans swept the mid-term elections or because the president may be...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: I expect no Iran nuclear deal. I hope I’m wrong

    20 November 2014.  I do not expect that the talks in Vienna on the Iranian nuclear issue will produce a comprehensive agreement, at least not by the 24 November deadline. But I hope I am wrong about this. A deal that verifiably blocks all of Iran’s potential paths to a nuclear weapon – which is the only deal that the Western nations will accept ­– and that allows Iran to resume unfettered international...

  • 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

  • Military Balance Blog

    Douglas Barrie: Book Review - Brothers Armed: Military Aspects of the Crisis in Ukraine

    30 October 2014.  East View Press, October 2014; by Vasiliy Kashin, Sergey Denisentsev, et al; foreword by David M. Glantz; edited by Colby Howard and Ruslan Pukhov

  • Strategic Comments

    Turkey's Syria role risks instability at home, isolation abroad

    29 October 2014. 

    Turkey’s decision to allow Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters to reinforce the besieged Syrian border town of Kobane appeared set to raise domestic security risks while failing to reduce Turkey's isolation in the region.

  • Military Balance Blog

    H.R. McMaster: Thinking Clearly about War and the Future of Warfare – The US Army Operating Concept

    23 October 2014.  By Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, Consulting Senior Fellow Difficulties encountered by Western armed forces in recent armed conflicts have stemmed, at least in part, from a tendency to neglect both history and continuities in the nature of war, especially its political and human dimensions. What military and civilian leaders learn from recent experience is important because those lessons influence operational planning and force development. Prospects for learning lessons that acknowledge continuities...

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter Three: Perceptions, postures and instability

    16 October 2014.  China and Japan are, according to some observers, locked in a security dilemma, where mutual mistrust leads each to pursue defensive measures that the other regards as threatening.

  • Adelphi Books

    Introduction

    16 October 2014. 

    Disputes over historiography and the Senkakus/Diaoyus, coupled with an increased focus on the part of both navies towards the East China Sea, have increased the likelihood of military conflict in a region of vital importance to the global economy.

  • Events

    Changing Asia-a Japanese Perspective: How to Read Asia Today

    13 October 2014. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Ichiro Fujisaki 
    President, America–Japan Society, Inc;
    Distinguished Professor and Chairman of International Strategies, Sophia University, Tokyo;
    Distinguished Professor, Keio University, Tokyo;
    Former Ambassador of Japan to the US
    Arundel House, London
    Monday, 13 October 2014

  • IISS Voices

    Douglas Barrie: US arms control policy in the face of a resurgent Russia

    08 October 2014.  By Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace Russia's behaviour over Ukraine has called into question the assumptions underpinning the US's approach to strategic deterrence that have been in place since the end of the Cold War, according to Elbridge Colby, the Robert M. Gates Fellow at the Center for a New American Security. Speaking at the IISS on 6 October, on the subject of ‘US Arms Control Policy and...

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