• Adelphi Books

    Chapter One: The Crisis of the Iraqi State

    06 December 2014. 

    What, exactly, does a state need to do to survive? What has brought the Iraqi state to the brink of collapse and can it be rebuilt?

  • Survival

    South Africa: Broken Promises

    01 December 2014.  Travel writer Paul Theroux’s two post-apartheid trips, a decade apart, reveal a growing sense of pessimism about the nation’s politics and prospects.


  • Expert Commentary

    Foreign Policy: Why Ukraine must bargain for peace with Russia

    27 November 2014.  The 'let's make a deal' moment has arrived for Kiev and Moscow. But by pushing a hard-line agenda against Putin, the United States and Europe are only making things worse for Ukraine.  

  • Expert Commentary

    VoxUkraine: Catch-22

    24 November 2014.  Ukraine’s reform agenda and the conflict with Russia are interrelated. By putting them in separate intellectual silos, analysts and policy-makers will be blind to the Catch-22 that the new government faces.  

  • Politics and Strategy

    Dana H. Allin: US Politics and the Climate Deal

    18 November 2014.  It is now two weeks to the day since President Obama’s party suffered another ‘shellacking’ – though he didn’t use the word this time – in midterm elections. There was much immediate chatter about the president’s supposedly diminished power at home and abroad. In a couple of news interviews and a blog post, I tried to put this in context. In terms of structural power relations in US domestic politics...

  • IISS Voices

    Hanna Ucko Neill: Burkina Faso - a warning for Africa’s strongmen

    14 November 2014.  Will a popular uprising in a relatively stable nation force other African leaders to rethink plans to extend their time in power?

  • News

    Burkina Faso: a warning for Africa’s strongmen

    13 November 2014.  Will a popular uprising in a relatively stable nation force other African leaders to rethink plans to extend their time in power?

  • Strategic Comments

    Ukraine conflict: risk of escalation remains

    07 November 2014. 

    The Ukraine conflict has been pushed into a new phase by elections in separatist-controlled Donetsk and Luhansk. In spite of attempts to achieve a ceasefire, a renewal of hostilities is possible at any point in the coming months.

  • IISS Voices

    Herve Lemahieu: Pre-election deadlock in Myanmar

    05 November 2014.  By Hervé Lemahieu, Research Associate for Political Economy and Security Speculation abounds over President Thein Sein’s decision to convene a roundtable bringing together party leaders with the heads of the military and election commission for the first time last Friday. Some analysts have interpreted the move as an attempt at reaching a ‘grand bargain’ between competing political actors and the military ahead of general elections scheduled for November 2015. Aung San Suu...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Dana H. Allin: Republicans’ very good night

    05 November 2014.  The Democrats’ defeat in Tuesday’s US mid-term elections was somewhat worse than expected – but it was expected nonetheless. Even though the Republicans won the Senate by a decisive margin, not much in the structure of American political power will change. American governance was structurally gridlocked on Monday, and it remains so today, if marginally more so. This is because there is simply no significant legislation the president can get through...

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