• Events

    US–Vatican relations on the eve of the US presidential elections

    18 October 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Massimo Franco, Political Columnist, Corriere della Sera
    Arundel House, London
    Tuesday 18 October 2016, 12.30–1.30PM BST

  • Strategic Survey

    Chapter 6: Sub-Saharan Africa

    27 September 2016. 

    Some African leaders’ pursuit of constitutional changes allowing them to prolong their rule has become a substantial threat to peace and security.

  • Strategic Survey

    Chapter 11: North America

    27 September 2016. 

    Even if Donald Trump falls short in the November 2016 US presidential elections, damage has already been done through the normalisation of illiberal discourse.

  • Strategic Survey

    Chapter 1: Prospectives

    27 September 2016. 

    The underpinnings of geopolitics have splintered so much in the past year that the foundations of global order appear alarmingly weak. The year was characterised by a bad-tempered roar against political arrangements seen to be unfair, concocted by others, and out of touch with the current realities of international power or the prevailing winds of domestic sentiment.

  • Events

    The 2016 Elections: Implications for US Foreign Policy and Transatlantic Relations

    26 September 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Dr Jackson Janes, President, American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, Johns Hopkins University
    Arundel House, London
    Monday 26 September 2016, 12.30–1.30PM BST

  • Events

    The proliferation of terrorist watch lists in the US

    22 September 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Dr Jeffrey Kahn, Professor of Law, Dedman School of Law, Southern Methodist University
    Arundel House, London
    Thursday 22 September 2016, 12.30–1.30PM BST

  • Politics and Strategy

    Erik Jones: Italy’s constitutional imbroglio

    19 September 2016.  The US Ambassador to Italy, John Phillips, caused a minor uproar on Monday, 12 September, by telling the Italians that international investors would be disappointed with a ‘no’ vote in the upcoming referendum on constitutional reforms. At about the same time, Fitch announced that a popular rejection of the reforms would put downward pressure on the country’s ratings. Given what is at stake in the referendum, these interventions were understandable...

  • Expert Commentary

    Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion: The Evolution of Modern Jihadism

    01 September 2016.  By Nelly Lahoud, Senior Fellow for Political Islamism, IISS–Middle East Political Islam has generated two ideological strands that use religious ideology to advance their goals, namely, Islamism and jihadism. On the one hand, Islamists have formulated a political paradigm premised on Islamic teachings that are adaptable to the secular framework of the modern state and have, therefore, endured both as domestic and global political actors. On the other hand, jihadis have rejected...

  • Expert Commentary

    War on the Rocks: "Assad or we burn the country"

    24 August 2016.  By Emile Hokayem, Senior Fellow for Middle East Security Prior to the uprising that ignited in Syria in 2011, whenever I discussed politics with my urbanite Syrian interlocutors, they would often tell me: "You, the Lebanese, you are violent, corrupt, sectarian, with no sense of a nation or a state." (I also noted that Iraqis would endure similar lecturing). Frankly, they were largely right, but their real point lay somewhere else. The...

  • Strategic Comments

    Venezuela’s post-Chavez torment

    03 August 2016. 

    Venezuela's dire economic situation – involving hyperinflation, capital flight and severe shortages of food and medicine – has produced violent protests, looting and the political opposition's calls for intransigent President Nicolas Maduro's recall. Procedures for a recall vote are under way. While replacing Maduro would not instantly solve Venezuela's complex problems, little progress appears possible without it.

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