• IISS Voices

    William Choong: Dr Ng Eng Hen - strengthening cooperation to enhance security

    26 January 2015.  By William Choong, Shangri-La Dialogue Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific Security The threat of Islamic extremism in Asia arising from the emergence of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) should be a focus of discussion at this year’s Shangri-La Dialogue (SLD), said Singapore’s Defence Minister Dr Ng Eng Hen in his keynote address at the 3rd Fullerton Forum. Speaking to 66 delegates from 22 countries for the third edition of...

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    Sanjaya Baru: The geo-economics of the Delhi Declaration

    26 January 2015.  By Sanjaya Baru, Director for Geo-economics and Strategy A decade and a half ago, in January 2000, Condoleezza Rice wrote a perceptive essay in an influential journal on what constitutes American national interest at the dawn of a new millennium. There, for the first time, an prominent American strategic analyst urged her national leadership to take India seriously.  What then began as the ‘first steps’ in a new US–India relationship led to...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Dana H. Allin: Obama's Luck

    21 January 2015.  Ronald Reagan was a lucky president. He entered the White House in an era of American malaise. The country had been humiliated by revolutionary Iranians who held American diplomats hostage in their own embassy for 444 days. The economy had a suffered a novel and demoralising mix of high inflation and slow growth, aggravated by consecutive oil-price shocks. After a period of détente, US–Soviet confrontation had entered a very serious...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Steven Simon: Israel’s Upcoming Elections

    20 January 2015.  [Editor’s note: an earlier version of this post appeared on The Middle East Institute website on 15 January 2015.] The electoral campaign in Israel is still unfolding, and with about three months to go anything might happen to upend predictions about the outcome. But there are straws in the wind. The Israel Democracy Institute has released poll results that cover a lot of ground, some of it relevant to the upcoming...

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    John Drennan: Lukashenko - More than a Kremlin satrap

    12 January 2015.  By John Drennan, Research Assistant and Programme Officer, Russia and Eurasia Programme Following Russia’s annexation of Crimea in March 2014 and the subsequent crisis in Ukraine, Belarus’s President Aleksandr Lukashenko has sought to carefully balance his country’s deep dependence on Russia against potential new threats to Belarus’s sovereignty. During his tenure, Lukashenko has demonstrated that he is no Kremlin satrap, but rather a self-interested client willing to deviate from his patron...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Dana H. Allin: Degrees of Separation

    09 January 2015.  I was riding my usual train home last night when a friend in Boston called my cell phone. He announced, in preface, that he had something shocking to tell me. The sister of a mutual graduate-school friend was among the 12 people shot dead in the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris on Wednesday. She looked like my old friend, she was an accomplished and beloved psychologist, and she wrote a...

  • Expert Commentary

    L'Opinion: Les démocraties doivent se préparer à gérer les conséquences du terrorisme

    08 January 2015.  L'Opinion interview with Francois Heisbourg, Chairman of the IISS and of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy Quelques heures après la tuerie au siège du journal Charlie Hebdo, les questions sur les raisons d’un tel drame ou sur ses conséquences ne vont pas tarder à émerger. François Heisbourg , spécialiste du terrorisme, met en garde contre tout excès menant à modifier trop vite l’arsenal législatif français. Comment une démocratie traverse un moment aussi...

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    Nigel Inkster: The Aftermath of Charlie Hebdo

    08 January 2015.  By Nigel Inkster, Director for Transnational Threats and Political Risk The circumstances surrounding the attack by three gunmen on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo are still unfolding and authoritative commentary is hard to produce. One of the suspects has turned himself in and the two remaining suspects, French nationals of Algerian origin with jihadist antecedents, are the subject of a nationwide manhunt. As is so often the case, it was...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Alex Nicoll: UK constitution - a three-act play

    17 December 2014.  Scotland’s vote in September to remain within the United Kingdom was but one step in what could turn out to be a constitutional upheaval. The outcome might be a very different kind of country. Or it might not be. At this stage, it is impossible to tell. As it turns out, the decisive outcome of the referendum did not even resolve the issue of Scotland’s future. As I wrote in...

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter One: The Crisis of the Iraqi State

    06 December 2014. 

    What, exactly, does a state need to do to survive? What has brought the Iraqi state to the brink of collapse and can it be rebuilt?

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