• Strategic Survey

    Chapter 11: North America

    06 September 2017. 

    The transactional mindset that served President Donald Trump so well in his business career appears ill-suited to international relations; this is particularly the case at a time when the US faces a revanchist Russia and a rising China increasingly jealous of American influence in the Asia-Pacific.


  • Strategic Survey

    Chapter 8: Russia and Eurasia

    06 September 2017. 

    As neither the US nor Russia has put forward realistic proposals to address the structural problems in their relationship – despite the need for such measures in arms control and the security architecture of the post-Soviet region – the new Cold War dynamic looks set to remain in place.

  • Military Balance Blog

    EU initiatives for defence industry: breaking the curse of the ‘juste retour’?

    06 September 2017.  The European Commission’s European Defence Fund and associated initiatives are necessary but small steps on the long road to increased European defence-industrial cooperation, says Lucie Béraud-Sudreau.

  • Expert Commentary

    Video casts doubt on North Korea’s ability to field an ICBM re-entry vehicle

    31 July 2017.  Video footage of the 28 July Hwasong-14 test suggests that North Korea’s engineers have yet to master re-entry technologies and more work remains before Kim Jong-un has an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of striking the United States mainland.

  • Expert Commentary

    The generals can’t save us from Trump

    28 July 2017.  John Kelly, as the new White House chief of staff, is unlikely to improve the substantive quality of Trump’s incompetent foreign and security policy. For all their experience and insight, the generals in the Trump administration have failed because they’re military men, not statesmen, argues Jonathan Stevenson.

  • Events

    Anticipating and Mitigating Future Iranian Military Capabilities

    18 July 2017. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Michael Eisenstadt, Kahn Fellow and Director, Military & Security Studies Program, The Washington Institute
    Michael Elleman, Senior Fellow for Missile Defence, IISS
    John 'Fozzie' Miller, Vice Admiral (Retired), US Navy
    Chaired by Mark Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, IISS–Americas
    IISS–Americas, Washington DC
    Tuesday 18 July, 10–11am EDT

  • Survival

    The Iron Wall Logic of Israel’s Space Programme

    17 July 2017.  Israel’s space programme both provides tangible capabilities to deal with security threats and projects a message of national might.

  • Survival

    Strategic Stability Under Obama and Trump

    17 July 2017.  The Trump administration must assess how strategic stability, an organising concept for the Obama administration’s strategic policy, might fit with its own guiding principles.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Dispute in the Gulf: potential defence implications

    17 July 2017.  It’s a key hub for US and other Western regional air operations and a growing prospect for defence sales, but, as James Hackett explains, it also has a central role to play in improving regional military capabilities. Chief among these is the development of collective missile-defence architectures that could more effectively guard against a potential threat from Iran’s ballistic missile arsenal.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Can Franco-German cooperation deliver a new European defence?

    14 July 2017.  While Europe could certainly do with more capabilities and cooperation, a more fundamental change of strategic mindset in Paris and Berlin is required if Europe is to build a more autonomous defence capability. Fabrice Pothier looks beyond recent statements and announcements to examine what their true policy positions are.

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