• Survival

    Catalonia and the Problem of Identity Politics

    20 November 2017.  Leaders can harvest great rewards by appealing to narrow identities, but only at the expense of long-term stability.

  • Strategic Comments

    Spain’s Catalan separatist crisis

    16 November 2017. 

    Catalonia's 1 October referendum on independence precipitated a major political crisis in Spain and prompted Madrid to assume direct rule of Catalonia pending regional elections scheduled for 21 December. There appears to be a realistic possibility that Catalan voters will opt for a less disruptive push for enhanced autonomy within Spain. But if they re-assert independence, the cycle witnessed over the past several months could repeat and produce deeper crisis.

  • Strategic Comments

    The repercussions of the Iraqi Kurdistan independence referendum

    09 November 2017. 

    Iraqi Kurdistan President Masoud Barzani appears to have overreached in holding a referendum on independence, although almost 93% voted for it. Major powers support Iraq's territorial integrity. The Iraqi government has asserted military control over the region with Iran's help. Facing political and economic isolation, the Kurdistan Regional Government's authority and cohesion has been weakened. Barzani's futility has likely hardened the Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK)'s position in Turkey and increased its regional freedom of action.

  • Events

    Does conflict threaten Myanmar's political transition?

    07 November 2017. 

    Tuesday 7 November, 10.30–11.30am EDT
    IISS–Americas, Washington DC
    Speakers:
    Priscilla A. Clapp, Senior Advisor, United States Institute of Peace
    Maxwell J. Hamilton, Visiting Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
    Yun Sun, Senior Associate, Stimson Center
    Chair:
    Leigh Morris Sloane, Managing Director, IISS–Americas

  • 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

    Fatah and Hamas face huge challenges despite reconciliation agreement

    18 October 2017.  Egypt's desire for a stable neighbour, Fatah power struggles and Hamas's bid for legitimacy are all factors in the new Palestinian reconciliation deal. But after a decade of failed agreements, the deal's success cannot be taken for granted.

  • 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.

  • IISS Voices

    Neighbours ready to block Kurdish independence

    25 September 2017.  Iraq’s Kurds enjoy greater autonomy than their brothers and sisters elsewhere in the Middle East. But a drive for full independence has caused alarm across the region, writes Emile Hokayem.

  • Events

    Strategic Survey 2017: The Annual Assessment of Geopolitics

    20 September 2017. 

    Wednesday 20 September, 9.30–10.30am BST
    Arundel House, London
    Speakers:
    Dr John Chipman, Director-General and Chief Executive, IISS
    Virginia Comolli, Senior Fellow for Security and Development, IISS
    Emile Hokayem, Senior Fellow for Middle East Security, IISS
    Nigel Inkster, Special Adviser, IISS
    Dr Nicholas Redman, Director of Editorial; Editor of Strategic Survey, IISS

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