• Politics and Strategy

    Dana H. Allin: Out of New Hampshire, and out of control?

    10 February 2016.  In late 2010, the writer Peter Beinart compared the expanding Tea Party conquest of the Republican Party to what had happened to Democrats after Vice President Hubert Humphrey lost narrowly to Richard Nixon in 1968. ‘[B]etween 1968 and 1972, grassroots activists—many of them incubated in the anti-war movement—took over the Democratic Party, state by state. In 1970, activists rewrote Michigan’s party platform so that it advocated reparations to North Vietnam...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Dana H. Allin: Iowa and theories of politics

    02 February 2016.  If the metric is which party at least marginally improved its chances of winning the presidency next November, then Republicans had a better night in Iowa. They improved their chances not because Texas Senator Ted Cruz beat Donald Trump for first place in the Iowa caucus – both men constitute prima facie electoral disasters for the GOP – but because of the strong third place showing of Senator Marco Rubio. Young...

  • Events

    North Africa in Transition

    20 January 2016. 

    IISS-US Book Launch
    Ben Fishman, Editor, North Africa in Transition
    Haim Malka, Contributing Author, North Africa in Transition; Middle East Program Deputy Director and Senior Fellow, CSIS
    John Desrocher, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Egypt and Maghreb Affairs
    Chair: Mark Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, IISS-US
    IISS-US, Washington DC
    Wednesday 20 January 2016, 2pm-3pm EST

  • IISS Voices

    Alexander Neill: Why China and the US will be watching Taiwan’s election closely

    15 January 2016.  With the pro-independence DPP leading in the polls, cross-strait relations could move into uncharted territory after this weekend’s vote

  • Politics and Strategy

    Erik Jones: Obama’s Last State of the Union

    13 January 2016.  Leadership through partnership works; democracy without solidarity does not. These are two of the central arguments Barack Obama makes in his eighth and final State of the Union address as president of the United States. The first argument builds on the premise that the United States cannot lead by trying to do everything itself; it has to make sure ‘other countries pull their own weight’. The second rests on the...

  • Adelphi Books

    Egypt After the Spring: Revolt and Reaction

    11 January 2016. 

    This Adelphi volume brings together senior scholars as well as rising analysts of Egypt to examine the tumultuous period from the January 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak, via the election and ouster of Muhammad Morsi, to the consolidation of presidential power under Abdel Fattah Al‑Sisi by late 2015.

  • Strategic Comments

    US election: Clinton versus whom?

    15 December 2015. 

    With such a crowded field, predicting the future of the Republican contest is more difficult than usual. The task for the victor will be to emerge from the primary campaign without having disqualified himself from appealing to a national electorate.

  • Strategic Comments

    Myanmar: the challenges of power

    11 December 2015. 

    Despite the National League for Democracy’s resounding victory in Myanmar’s November 2015 general election, the country’s political future is far from clear. There remain major obstacles to a peaceful transfer of power from the military-supported government to one led by Aung San Suu Kyi.

  • Strategic Comments

    Britain in Europe: battle commences

    19 November 2015. 

    While some of the changes to Britain’s relationship with the European Union that Prime Minister David Cameron is seeking, particularly on restricting the free movement of people and welfare benefits for migrants, will be hard for other members to stomach, others seem quite achievable.

  • Strategic Comments

    Turkey: more domestic turbulence ahead

    18 November 2015. 

    President Erdogan is likely to regard Turkey’s 1 November election as a vindication and implicit electoral endorsement of the authoritarian methods he has increasingly adopted in recent years. There is a high risk of an escalation in civil unrest, as young Kurds seek greater cultural and political rights.

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