• Geo-economics and Strategy Conferences

    Business Opportunity and Political Risk in the Gulf and Middle East

    07 September 2014. 

    IISS Geo-economics and Strategy Conference
    IISS-Middle East, Manama
    07-08 September 2014

  • Expert Commentary

    Business Times: Infrastructure finance getting more Asia-centric

    06 August 2014.  By  Woo Jun Jie and Suvi Dogra, Research and Liaison Officer, Geo-economics and Strategy Programme There has long been talk of an emerging shift in the economic and financial core of the world from the West to the East. The recent unveiling of the BRICS's New Development Bank (NDB) and the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), both of which are focused on providing infrastructure finance to developing countries in Asia, and...

  • IISS Voices

    Strategic Snapshots: Hybrid Insecurity

    31 July 2014.  A new IISS research programme explores the threats to long-term development posed by complex security challenges. Virginia Comolli elaborates on the ‘hybrid insecurity’ confronting many developing countries, including the Boko Haram insurgency troubling Africa’s largest economy, instability posed by rapid urbanisation, and the role of organised criminal networks as surrogate providers of public services. 

  • Survival

    Brazil’s Angry Middle Class

    25 July 2014. 

    The recent protests show that secure democracy and an absence of extremism are no guarantee of domestic stability.

  • IISS Voices

    Virginia Comolli: 100 days and counting - a view from the US

    23 July 2014.  By Virginia Comolli, Research Fellow for Security and Development Today marks 100 days since over 200 girls were abducted in Northern Nigeria by Islamist militants belonging to Boko Haram. Following the widely embraced, albeit now nearly forgotten #BringBackOurGirls campaign, a new slogan in the ongoing Boko Haram saga appears to have been coined: ‘Bring back our army’.  This time however, it was not the parents of the missing girls who created...

  • Geo-economics and Strategy Conferences

    Business Opportunity and Political Risk in the Gulf and Middle East: Keynote Address

    09 July 2014. 

    IISS Geo-economics and Strategy Conference
    Business Opportunity and Political Risk in the Gulf and Middle East
    Keynote Address
    HE Kamal bin Ahmed, Minister of Transportation, Bahrain; Acting Chief Executive, Bahrain Economic Development Board

  • Politics and Strategy

    Jeffrey Mazo: Real and present danger

    23 June 2014.  Buried within the 1,042-page bill authorising next year’s US defence budget is an unusual provision. Entitled ‘prohibition on use of funds to implement certain climate change assessments and reports’, it reads: None of the funds authorized to be appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act may be used to implement the United States Global Change Research Program National Climate Assessment, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report, the...

  • Strategic Comments

    Egypt’s economic crisis challenges El-Sisi

    19 June 2014. 

    Egypt's new president Abdel Fattah El-Sisi has taken charge of an economy severely weakened by three years of political chaos. Gulf states have promised considerable financial support, but given Egypt's future needs it will be imperative to cast the financing net as wide as possible.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Nick Bisley and Andrew Phillips: Narendra Modi’s election win won’t transform Asia’s strategic geography

    28 May 2014.  The scale of Narendra Modi’s Indian election win was as astonishing as it was historic. The Bharatiya Janata Party now has a majority in its own right, ending the interminable wrangling of coalition governments. More importantly, Modi himself has unparalleled scope to shape his government and India’s approach to the world. Many expect, and indeed hope, that the controversial former chief minister of Gujarat will chart a much more strategically...

  • Events

    Webinar: Food Security in Asia

    21 May 2014. 

    Adelphi Webinar
    Monika Barthwal-Datta,
    Lecturer in International Security,
    School of Social Sciences, University of New South Wales
    Wednesday 21 May 2014

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