• Strategic Comments

    The Trump administration and the Russia probes

    17 August 2017. 

    Special Counsel Robert Mueller heads the most aggressive of five investigations of possible collusion between US President Donald Trump's campaign and Russia to influence the 2016 US presidential election. Trump has continued to pursue a conspicuously friendly relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump will probably continue to attack the special counsel's legitimacy and avoid unequivocally acknowledging Russian interference for as long as possible.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Divide and rule: Maduro’s relationship with Venezuela’s armed forces

    08 August 2017.  The July election in Venezuela was marked by violent clashes and casualties. Amid the current climate of political turmoil, support from the armed forces is crucial to President Maduro’s political survival, says Amanda Lapo.

  • 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

    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.

  • 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

  • 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

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