• Strategic Comments

    Venezuela’s deepening crisis

    19 July 2017. 

    Venezuela's currency has collapsed, and shortages of food and medicine have produced widespread poverty and malnutrition. President Nicolás Maduro is increasingly autocratic, while his approval rating is about 18%. Popular protests are occurring and government officials – including some military officers – appear to be losing confidence in him. The country appears to be moving towards dictatorship and, possibly, a political tipping point in favour of the opposition.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Arms trade and democracy: Sweden’s new criteria for export controls

    18 July 2017.  A new draft bill in Sweden to introduce a ‘democracy criterion’ for granting arms-export licences would make the export of any materiel to the Gulf states more difficult and limit market access for Sweden’s defence industry.

  • Survival

    The Black Bonaparte

    17 July 2017.  Philippe Girard’s exhaustively researched book, Toussaint Louverture: A Revolutionary Life, is a reminder that even the greatest among us reflect the constraints of our own times.

  • Survival

    Book Reviews

    17 July 2017.  Russia and Eurasia Angela Stent
    Asia-Pacific Lanxin Xiang
    Politics and International Relations Gilles Andréani

  • Survival

    Poland’s Foreign-Policy Turn

    17 July 2017.  The new Poland is no longer an engine of European integration, nor does it seem to value its relationships with Germany and France.

  • Events

    ‘Blood Oil:’ discussion with Professor Leif Wenar

    22 June 2017. 

    Discussion meeting
    Professor Leif Wenar, Chair of Philosophy and Law, King’s College London
    Chaired by Nick Redman, Director of Editorial; Editor, Adelphi and Strategic Survey, IISS
    Arundel House, London
    Thursday 22 June, 12–1pm BST

  • Strategic Comments

    Balkan rumblings

    20 June 2017.  Although rumours of war in the Balkans are overblown, the region has acquired greater strategic resonance recently, due mainly to Russia's intensifying interest and secondarily to jihadist activity. But the countries' central challenges are the erosion of democracy and poor governance, which may be tolerated to secure the order and stability needed for admission into the European Union.

  • Events

    The fate of the West: the battle to save the world's most successful political idea

    14 June 2017. 

    IISS–Americas book launch
    Bill Emmott, author; IISS Trustee
    Chaired by Mark Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, IISS–Americas
    IISS–Americas, Washington DC
    Wednesday 14 June, 10.30–11.30am EDT

  • Armed Conflict Survey

    Chapter 1, Part V: Rebel-to-party Transitions

    09 May 2017. 

    A post-rebel party’s organisational experience can provide it with the raw material that will shape its initial participation in politics. The key to a successful transformation from rebel to party seems to lie in the interaction between an organisation and its environment.

  • IISS Voices

    Disruption and violence in Kenya’s primaries bring uncertainty to the wider region

    05 May 2017.  Potentially violent elections in August are raising concerns among the international community, given Kenya’s key regional roles as an economic powerhouse and in counter-terrorism efforts.

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