• IISS Voices

    Why Washington needs to abandon Cold War mindset in nuclear modernisation plans

    24 October 2017.  America can make better choices for modernising its nuclear forces than simply rebuilding the Cold War nuclear arsenal, argues James Doyle in the latest Adelphi book. In this introduction to his book, he explains that cheaper and more stable alternatives that comply with arms-control treaties are available, if only Washington can move on from its Cold War mindset.

  • Events

    City-led policies and terrorism: building security and resilience through urban interventions

    19 October 2017. 

    Thursday 19 October, 8.30–9.30am BST
    Arundel House, London
    Speakers:
    Virginia Comolli, Senior Fellow for Security and Development, IISS
    Antônio Sampaio, Research Associate for Security and Development, IISS

  • IISS Voices

    Xi offers bold vision for PLA at 19th Party Congress

    19 October 2017.  This week’s policy announcements by Xi Jinping are part of a concerted effort by China to shape the PLA into a world-class force. Encompassing a modernisation drive, a major force restructure and an anti-corruption programme, the reforms are as wide-ranging as they are bold, explains Alex Neill. 

  • Events

    Challenges, opportunities, and innovation in the Indo-Asia-Pacific

    17 October 2017. 

    Tuesday 17 October, 7–8pm SGT
    The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore
    Speaker:
    Admiral Harry B. Harris Jr, Commander, United States Pacific Command
    Chair:
    Dr Tim Huxley, Executive Director, IISS–Asia

  • Strategic Comments

    US Afghanistan policy: regional aspects

    05 October 2017. 

    US President Donald Trump's new ‘Afghanistan and South Asia’ policy identifies Pakistan and India as key players but ignores or minimises other influential regional actors with vested interests in Afghanistan, including China, Russia, Iran and Saudi Arabia. Unless the US better integrates their interests, any regional approach to Afghanistan's stability and security is unlikely to succeed.

  • Strategic Comments

    The Trump administration’s Afghanistan policy

    28 September 2017. 

    In addition to reducing terrorist threats, US President Donald Trump's new Afghanistan policy seeks to roll back the Taliban on the battlefield and pressure the group into an acceptable political settlement with far fewer US troops than Barack Obama deployed. Trump has also proposed involving India more closely in Afghanistan's economic development, which stands to antagonise Pakistan, the Taliban's key backer. In this light, it appears unlikely that the new policy will succeed.

  • Survival

    Nuclear Legacies of the First Gulf War

    18 September 2017.  Lessons learned in the First Gulf War have shaped the trajectory of US post-Cold War nuclear and non-proliferation policy.

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter Two: Deterrence and flexibility

    13 September 2017. 

    Three alternatives to the current plan for nuclear-force modernisation would fulfil the principal function of the force: to deter a range of plausible threats from nuclear-armed rivals against the US and its allies.

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter One: The plan for a trillion-dollar triad

    13 September 2017. 

    This chapter examines the US' current plans to fully renew its fleet of nuclear bombers, ballistic-missile submarines, and land-based ICBMs and their nuclear warheads, and to upgrade its nuclear infrastructure.

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter 5: Procurement trade-offs and support for conventional operations

    13 September 2017. 

    One of the weakest aspects of the current US plan to upgrade its entire nuclear force is the high expense and modest contribution to conventional military operations.

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