• Expert Commentary

    A multitude of rivals

    24 November 2016.  In this article for the New Statesman, IISS-Middle East Executive Director John Jenkins argues that unless Donald Trump is able to master geopolitical complexity, the situation in the Middle East will get far worse.

  • Strategic Comments

    Bolivia: Morales’s growing unpopularity

    16 November 2016. 

    There appears to be growing eagerness both in Bolivia and abroad for Bolivian President Evo Morales to step down. But after losing a February 2016 referendum that would have allowed him to run for a fourth term, he has vowed to reverse this result so he can continue to serve as head of state. Turbulence in Bolivia seems likely in the medium term.

  • Events

    US elections 2016: the day after

    09 November 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Dr Dana H. Allin, Editor of Survival; Senior Fellow for US Foreign Policy and Transatlantic Affairs, IISS
    Dr Matthew Harries, Managing Editor of Survival; Research Fellow for Transatlantic Affairs, IISS
    Arundel House, London
    Wednesday 9 November 2016, 6.30–7.30PM GMT

  • Strategic Comments

    The Philippines: Duterte’s wilful start

    19 October 2016. 

    A hundred days into his single six-year term, President Rodrigo Duterte has already asserted his powerful political position by undertaking a brutal campaign on drugs, weakening the Philippines' longstanding alliance with the United States and warming to China. These pronounced shifts in policy, however, have drawn considerable criticism from influential figures and groups inside as well as outside the Philippines. Duterte may find it difficult to maintain such controversial policies throughout his presidency.

  • Events

    Trump, Clinton and the Vatican

    18 October 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Massimo Franco, Political Columnist, Corriere della Sera
    Arundel House, London
    Tuesday 18 October 2016, 12.30–1.30PM BST

  • Politics and Strategy

    Donald Trump, a higher level of shock jock

    10 October 2016.  In the early 1980s, in those months when the Maryland State Legislature was in session, I drove daily from my Silver Spring apartment to Annapolis, covering it for a local newspaper. It was on these drives that I first listened to the raunchy, sometimes rancid – and yes, often funny – radio programme of Howard Stern. I’m pretty sure it was in relation to Stern that I first heard the...

  • Strategic Survey

    Chapter 6: Sub-Saharan Africa

    27 September 2016. 

    Some African leaders’ pursuit of constitutional changes allowing them to prolong their rule has become a substantial threat to peace and security.

  • Strategic Survey

    Chapter 11: North America

    27 September 2016. 

    Even if Donald Trump falls short in the November 2016 US presidential elections, damage has already been done through the normalisation of illiberal discourse.

  • Events

    The 2016 Elections: Implications for US Foreign Policy and Transatlantic Relations

    26 September 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Dr Jackson Janes, President, American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, Johns Hopkins University
    Arundel House, London
    Monday 26 September 2016, 12.30–1.30PM BST

  • Expert Commentary

    Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion: The Evolution of Modern Jihadism

    01 September 2016.  By Nelly Lahoud, Senior Fellow for Political Islamism, IISS–Middle East Political Islam has generated two ideological strands that use religious ideology to advance their goals, namely, Islamism and jihadism. On the one hand, Islamists have formulated a political paradigm premised on Islamic teachings that are adaptable to the secular framework of the modern state and have, therefore, endured both as domestic and global political actors. On the other hand, jihadis have rejected...

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