• Strategic Comments

    Pakistan: a more positive trajectory

    27 July 2016. 

    The past 18 months have been an atypically salutary period for Pakistan. Democracy has deepened, civilian–military relations have been stable, the economy has grown and foreign relations have been conducted with relative maturity and civility. While Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif does face some political turbulence and the country's long-term challenges remain substantial, Pakistan's overall outlook is improving.

  • Strategic Comments

    Mozambique and Zimbabwe: potentially converging paths

    06 July 2016. 

    Mozambique, long favoured by Western donors, to their disapproval has recently shown signs of corruption, instability and poor governance and looked to China for help that may not be forthcoming. Zimbabwe, long disfavoured by Western donors, is cooling to China's commercial and political involvement in its national affairs. Both southern African countries may eventually need to reinvigorate appeals for assistance from Western donors, which would come with relatively stringent governance and economic conditions.

  • IISS Voices

    Rahul Roy-Chaudhury: India’s FDI liberalisation

    29 June 2016.  In a move to create jobs and boost manufacturing, India's government is working to overhaul its restrictions on foreign direct investment (FDI). However, despite the official rhetoric that 'India is now the most open economy in the world for FDI', foreign defence companies still face significant bureaucratic barriers to investment.

  • Events

    Post-Election Myanmar: Context, Opportunities and Challenges for Business

    22 June 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Vicky Bowman, Director, Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business; Former Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Myanmar
    Arundel House, London
    Wednesday 22 June 2016, 12.30–1.30PM BST

  • Events

    The Human and Socio-economic Cost of Conflict

    13 June 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Seema Biswas, General Surgeon, Ziv Medical Centre, Israel; Editor-in-Chief, BMJ Case Reports
    Dr Anke Hoeffler, Research Officer, Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE), University of Oxford
    Arundel House, London
    Monday 13 June 2016, 1–2PM BST

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter Three: The changing landscape of business and conflict in fragile states

    08 June 2016. 

    The contemporary international focus on the behaviour of multinational corporations – whether they may act as hero or villain – is inadequate to address the many intertwined dynamics of business and conflict in fragile states. The lens needs to be widened to look at the changing landscape, and the variety of critical actors involved.

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter Two: Business and peaceful development in fragile states

    08 June 2016. 

    A competing view of the multinational corporation is that it is a force for conflict reduction in fragile states. This view is explored within this chapter, which shows how financial institutions, fragile state governments, business advocates and others draw on a long-standing liberal economic history to understand a vigorous and inclusive private sector as the foundation for peaceful development. 

  • Adelphi Books

    Conclusion

    23 May 2016. 

    The cyber domain is an increasingly critical factor in China’s pursuit of strength through modernisation, and of protection from perceived threats.

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter 2: Cyber Espionage

    23 May 2016. 

    China has assimilated cyber capabilities in ways that make it a formidable actor among global intelligence powers.

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter 1: Evolution of the Chinese Internet: Freedom and Control

    23 May 2016. 

    China's prioritisation of content control came at the expense of network security, with the result that its online environment remained anarchic and lawless.

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