• Strategic Comments

    The Rohingya crisis

    26 October 2017. 

    The mass exodus of some 600,000 Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar to Bangladesh, triggered by the Myanmar government's repressive policies, has produced a severe humanitarian crisis and geopolitical disruption in the region. While the international community is responding fitfully to both developments, Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi's reputation as a liberal reformer has been tainted and Myanmar's international rehabilitation limited.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Deja Vu in Kenya?

    26 October 2017.  A decade after deadly election violence swept Kenya, another presidential vote has brought fresh unrest. Jonathan Stevenson says an improved voting process would ease the country's underlying ethnic and political tensions.

  • IISS Voices

    Loss of Kirkuk undermines Kurdish independence claims

    26 October 2017.  Withdrawal has weakened the standing of the Kurdistan Regional Government - and President Masoud Barzani.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Macron’s European vision

    09 October 2017.  Fabrice Pothier interprets French President Emmanuel Macron’s recent speech as heralding a bold and ambitious – if not essentially new – strategy for French leadership in the European Union.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Catalonia: identity politics and political mobilisation

    02 October 2017.  Erik Jones explores the damage done to Spanish democracy by the conflict over voting for Catalonian independence.

  • Strategic Survey

    Chapter 3, Part II: Electoral Disruption and the Liberal Order

    18 September 2017. 

    The combination of a basic ideological device with types of far-right and nativist political movements should be considered a long-term threat to the Western political order – for it is exclusionary, anti-pluralist and, partly as a result, hostile to the European project.

  • Survival

    Hillbilly Insurgency

    18 September 2017.  A growing number of people worldwide share the fear that an anxiety-free night’s rest, let alone dreams of any kind, is becoming a luxury afforded only to the rich, connected and worldly.

  • Survival

    The Evolution of Autocracy: Why Authoritarianism Is Becoming More Formidable

    18 September 2017.  The twenty-first-century autocrat is not the same as his Cold War predecessor.

  • Strategic Survey

    Chapter 6: Sub-Saharan Africa

    06 September 2017. 

    The intervention in Gambia fits a broader trend: West Africa is becoming increasingly democratic – or at least less tolerant of dictators.

  • Strategic Survey

    Chapter 9: Europe

    06 September 2017. 

    A combination of factors relating to growing disaffection with democracy, instability on Europe’s periphery and the legacy of the economic and financial crisis has created divisions among EU member states that run between West and East, North and South.


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