• Events

    Scanning the horizon for 2018: what's next in cyber and space?

    19 December 2017. 

    Tuesday 19 December, 3.30–5.30pm EST
    IISS–Americas, Washington DC
    Speakers:
    Sean Kanuck, Director of Future Conflict and Cyber Security, IISS
    Todd Harrison, Director of Defense Budget Analysis; Director of Aerospace Security Project; Senior Fellow, International Security Program, CSIS
    Chair:
    Mark Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, IISS–Americas

  • Expert Commentary

    The ban treaty and the future of US extended nuclear deterrence arrangements

    11 December 2017.  Forcing countries under the United States’ nuclear umbrella to pick a side on disarmament might actually consolidate, rather than undermine, their support for nuclear deterrence.

  • Expert Commentary

    The New Hwasong-15 ICBM

    01 December 2017.  New missile signals a significant improvement in North Korea’s ability to target the US.

  • Expert Commentary

    North Korea’s third ICBM launch

    30 November 2017.  Two more engines in North Korea’s latest missile test was not enough to give Kim Jong-un a viable intercontinental ballistic missile capable of hitting the US mainland. Michael Ellemen explains.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Amphibious futures: the UK controversy and beyond

    27 November 2017.  Potential scalebacks to the United Kingdom’s amphibious ambitions come amid a growth in countries investing heavily in amphibious assault ships.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Resolving contradictions: India’s clashing fighter requirements

    07 November 2017.  India’s interest in Russia’s fifth-generation fighter highlights conflicting priorities between the air force and the domestic defence industry.

  • Military Balance Blog

    BAE’s tactical cuts: a reflection of a lack of British strategic direction

    31 October 2017.  UK final assembly of crewed combat aircraft will likely end by the mid-2020s, due to a lack of long-term strategy from British governments.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • Military Balance Blog

    New UK frigate programme: the contenders to build Type-31e

    26 September 2017.  Defence companies are competing to build a new generation of British frigates. But tight budgets have presented them with a difficult task.

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