• Politics and Strategy

    Alexander Nicoll: The Scottish 'No'

    19 September 2014.  Scotland will not be applying to join the European Union or NATO. The arguments of recent months about currency union and the British nuclear deterrent are now over. By a margin of 55% to 45%, people living in Scotland have decided to remain in the United Kingdom. The Scottish referendum result is a poke in the eye for those around the world who mocked London’s weakness in agreeing to allow it...

  • IISS Voices

    Strategic Survey: 'Yes' or 'No', UK will remain a key player on the world stage

    18 September 2014.  Alexander Nicoll, Editor of Strategic Survey, discusses the possible repercussions of a ‘No’ vote victory in the Scottish referendum. Whatever the outcome of the vote, says Nicoll, there will be serious debate regarding how to proceed, and the constitutional model that will emerge out of those discussions is difficult to predict. However, the result is unlikely to change Britain’s standing as a significant player on the world stage. 

  • Politics and Strategy

    Dana H. Allin: The United Kingdom at risk?

    18 September 2014.  The United Kingdom woke up this morning to a dream-like moment of unreality – is its 307-year existence really at risk? The opinion polls on today’s referendum for Scottish independence have tightened, as one would expect – but they’ve tightened perhaps a tad bit more than actually expected. In the June–July issue of Survival, my colleague, Alexander Nicoll, explained how Britain arrived at this moment. Dana H. Allin is Editor of Survival and Senior...

  • Survival

    Wealth and the Good Society

    17 September 2014. 

    In reminding us that unbounded wealth is dangerous both to liberty and to capitalism itself, Thomas Piketty’s Capital does us a great favour. But the timidity of his remedy makes a credible solution elusive.

  • Survival

    Maxed Out?

    17 September 2014. 

    Two new books paint a picture of Obama’s grand strategy as one not of maximalism or retrenchment, but of restraint.

  • Strategic Survey

    Chapter 9: North Africa

    09 September 2014. 

    Egypt’s Revolution Stalls
    Maghreb: Legacy of the Arab Spring

  • IISS Voices

    Kiran Hassan: Pakistan cannot afford further domestic discord

    20 August 2014.  By Kiran Hassan, Research Assistant, South Asia Thousands of protesters peacefully marched towards the red zone in Islamabad on 19 August 2014, paralysing Pakistan’s capital city. Using a crane and bolt cutters to force their way past barricades of shipping containers, they camped in front of the parliament and are refusing to budge unless their demand is met. Their call is simple – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif should resign. Sharif formed a...

  • Strategic Comments

    Challenges for India’s new government

    18 August 2014.  Although the convincing election victory achieved by Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) promises a foundation of stability in India’s government, if Modi is to boost economic growth and investor confidence he will still need to reach out to his opponents.

  • Strategic Comments

    Vietnam: maritime spat stirs domestic dissent

    07 August 2014. 

    The new opportunities for political expression that have opened up as a result of Vietnam's economic reforms have increased the pressure on the Communist Party and state to respond firmly to Beijing's assertive behaviour in the South China Sea.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Behlül Ozkan: Erdogan's 'New Turkey'

    31 July 2014.  Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s prime minister, is favoured to win the presidency in the imminent election, when the revamped office will be filled by popular vote for the first time. However, a large part of society has serious reservations about the ‘New Turkey’ Erdogan has promised. The misgivings are fed by the violent suppression of country-wide street protests over the past year, restrictions on freedom of the press, censorship of...

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