• IISS Voices

    Rahul Roy-Chaudhury: India’s Election Frenzy

    10 April 2014.  By Rahul Roy-Chaudhury, Senior Fellow for South Asia It seems like a presidential-style election for the world's largest parliamentary democracy, with the focus on the two leading candidates, rather than their political parties. The leading contender for the office of prime minister is Narendra Modi (63), the dynamic but controversial three-time chief minister of the western province of Gujarat, who belongs to the Hindu nationalist centre-right opposition party – the Bharatiya Janata Party...

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    Rahul Roy-Chaudhury: My perspective on what a BJP election victory would mean for Pakistan

    09 April 2014.  By Rahul Roy-Chaudhury, Senior Fellow for South Asia There are two dominant views of what a Narendra Modi-led BJP government’s policy towards Pakistan would be. I think both are wrong. The first view is that this will be a government somewhat like that led by Vajpayee when he was Prime Minister for a BJP government over a decade ago, which had an outreach towards Pakistan and was able to move forward on the...

  • Survival

    The End of the Turkish Model

    01 April 2014. 

    The Turkish model of democracy, economic competence and regional influence is not unravelling because of a clash between Islam and secularism. The real conflict is between electoral democracy and liberalism.

  • Survival

    Chile Can Say No

    01 April 2014. 

    Two recent books tell the story of the transition to Chile’s now-vibrant democracy. Their complementary perspectives provide context for the choices Chileans made in last year’s presidential elections.

  • Events

    Post-2014 Transition in Afghanistan: Pakistan's Perspective

    12 March 2014. 

    Key Address
    Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to the Prime Minister of Pakistan on National Security and Foreign Affairs
    Arundel House, London
    Wednesday 12 March 2014

  • Politics and Strategy

    Dana H. Allin and Steven Simon: Ukraine and Obama’s ‘credibility’

    06 March 2014.  As the Ukraine crisis unfolds, there has been much rhetoric devoted to questions of the West’s – and, in particular, Barack Obama’s – toughness and ‘credibility’. Be wary of this chatter, for in most cases it is nonsense, and in some cases dangerous nonsense. In Sunday’s Washington Post, David Kramer, a deputy assistant secretary of state in the George W. Bush administration, suggested that Ukrainian authorities had ‘used gruesome force against...

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    Reed Blakemore: Managing spillover from Syria

    06 March 2014.  By Reed Blakemore, Intern, IISS–US A solution to the nearly four-year-old Syrian civil war seems distant after the recent collapse of negotiations between the Assad regime and the opposition. Militant groups operating in Syria and elsewhere, and the growing number of refugees, have serious implications throughout the Middle East. In particular, Syria’s neighbours – Iraq, Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan – will have to work hard to prevent the conflict from engulfing...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Benjamin Fishman: Can Rome help save Libya?

    05 March 2014.  How do you help a country that requires technical assistance in a wide range of areas but doesn’t have a functional government that can absorb aid programs? That will be the challenge for participants in the International Conference on Libya scheduled to take place on 6 March in Rome. Assuming the crisis in Ukraine does not intervene, foreign ministers from the key states who supported Libya’s liberation along with international organisations...

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    James Fromson: Tunisia’s transition

    27 February 2014.  By James Fromson, Intern, IISS-US On the heels of US Secretary of State John Kerry’s surprise 18 February visit to Tunisia, the IISS–US hosted the president of the Ennahda Movement, Rached Ghannouchi, to discuss the recent successes of Tunisia’s democratic transition and lessons for the broader Middle East. Joining Ghannouchi at the roundtable discussion on 24 February were Anouar Boukhars, a scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Radwan Masmoudi, President...

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    Turkey: beyond the headlines

    27 February 2014.  By Alexa van Sickle, Assistant editor The events in Turkey in 2013 caught both the citizens and government off-guard, according to Ziya Meral, a Turkish researcher and writer. Before the summer of 2013, he said, there had been a clear forecast of where things were heading in Turkey for 2014 and 2015. The elections cycle was in gear, and although the government had shown a lapse in reform and the democratic...

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