• Survival

    From Boom to Bust to Flight

    01 April 2013. 

    A frustrated and educated youth is often a catalyst for change, but in Ireland generation after generation has chosen to leave the country rather than take to the streets.

  • Survival

    Can’t Stop the Signal

    01 April 2013. 

    From the financial crisis to terrorist spectaculars, the era of ‘Big Data’ has not led to better predictions. According to Nate Silver in The Signal and the Noise, the fault lies not in our stats but in ourselves.

  • Survival

    The Tyranny of Want

    01 February 2013.  In more normal times, Robert and Edward Skidelsky’s How Much Is Enough? could be dismissed as brilliant but irrelevant. Today, with capitalism in an unfolding crisis, it seems unwise to ignore it.

  • Survival

    Letter from Italy

    01 February 2013.  Twenty years ago, Berlusconi filled a gap created by political disaffection and rising populism, which have returned with a vengeance. Prospects look grim, but there are reasons for optimism.

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter Five: The politics of Iraq: the exclusive elite bargain and the rise of a new authoritarianism

    14 January 2013.  An elite bargain placing political parties that had gained dominance in exile, by aligning themselves with the US pre-invasion, at the core of the new system fueled violence, fractured the government and, as this chapter argues, needs to be overturned to ensure long-term stability.

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter Two: From insurgency to civil war: the purveyors of violence in Iraq

    14 January 2013. 

    This chapter argues that the future stability of Iraq depends on the extent to which the dynamics driving violence forward in 2005 and 2006, and the organisations perpetuating it, have been removed from Iraqi politics.

  • Events

    After the Spring: Youth Unemployment in the Arab World

    23 October 2012. 

    Panel Discussion
    Mara Rudman, Assistant Administrator, Middle East Bureau, USAID
    Alanoud Al Sharekh, Senior Fellow for Regional Politics, IISS-Middle East
    Tarik M. Yousef, Chief Executive Officer, Silatech, Qatar
    IISS-US, Washington DC
    Tuesday 23 October 2012

  • Events

    The Arab World's Place in the Changing Global Economy

    30 January 2012. 

    IISS-Middle East Geo-economics Lecture
    Shahid Javed Burki, Former Finance Minister of Pakistan, Former Vice President of the World Bank
    Chairman of the Institute of Public Policy, Lahore
    IISS-Middle East, Manama
    Monday 30 January 2012

  • Survival

    The Precarious Economics of Arab Springs

    01 December 2011.  The much-hoped-for virtuous spiral that would lift Egypt and the broader Arab world out of economic stagnation and strengthen democracy seems far away.

  • Geo-economics and Strategy Conferences

    Parsing the Reality and Promise of Gulf-Asia Engagement

    15 October 2011. 

    IISS Geo-economics and Strategy Conference
    IISS-Middle East, Manama,
    15-16 October 2011

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