• Strategic Survey

    Chapter 3, Part III: Urbanisation, Violence and City-Led Policymaking

    18 September 2017. 

    Amid exponential growth in the number of people living in cities in low-income or fragile states, gaps in infrastructure, public services and security capacity present opportunities to non-state armed groups.

  • Events

    MENA economies: Positioning for a new world (dis)order

    16 September 2017. 

    16–17 September
    Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay, Manama
    Select speakers:
    Mr Carl Bildt, former Prime Minister, Sweden; Member of the Council, IISS
    HE Mr Amr Al-Garhy, Minister of Finance, Arab Republic of Egypt
    Dr Joachim von Amsberg, Vice President, Policy and Strategy, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
    HE Mr Khalid Al-Rumaihi, Chief Executive, Bahrain Economic Development Board

  • Strategic Survey

    Chapter 3, Part I: Future of the World Trade Organisation

    06 September 2017. 

    Although the WTO confronts a series of long-standing, systemic challenges – not least those involving the Chinese economy – the organisation’s rules, disciplines and dispute-settlement procedures seem more necessary than ever.

  • Expert Commentary

    Forget its ousted politicians. Here’s the real cost of Brazil’s corruption

    24 August 2017.  The daily political dramas unfolding from sweeping anti-corruption probes in Brazil shouldn't obscure the damage corruption causes to the country’s long struggle against poverty and inequality, Antonio Sampaio points out.

  • Strategic Comments

    The unwinding of South Africa’s foreign policy

    23 August 2017. 

    South African President Jacob Zuma's corrupt personalisation of foreign policy, systematic government mismanagement and rising xenophobia are marginalising South Africa in continental and international affairs. Restoring South Africa to its leadership standing will be a major priority for his successor and the next government.

  • IISS Voices

    Qatar dispute exposes regional food-security failures

    21 August 2017.  Recent acts of solidarity by Turkey and Iran to help Qatar feed its population are important reminders of just how dependent regional states are on food imports. As Sara Fouad Almohamadi explains, the current Gulf dispute has exposed the shortcomings of national food-security policies.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Divide and rule: Maduro’s relationship with Venezuela’s armed forces

    08 August 2017.  The July election in Venezuela was marked by violent clashes and casualties. Amid the current climate of political turmoil, support from the armed forces is crucial to President Maduro’s political survival, says Amanda Lapo.

  • Events

    War in cities: new strategic dilemmas in an urban century

    13 June 2017. 

    Discussion meeting
    Avila Kilmurray, Visiting Professor, Transnational Justice Institute, Ulster University
    Vincent Bernard, Editor-in-Chief, International Review of the Red Cross
    Antonio Sampaio, Research Associate for Security and Development, IISS
    Chaired by Virginia Comolli, Senior Fellow for Security and Development, IISS
    Arundel House, London
    Tuesday 13 June, 12.30–1.30pm BST

  • Events

    India–Israel strategic cooperation and future prospects

    31 May 2017. 

    Discussion meeting
    P R Kumaraswamy, Professor of Middle Eastern Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    Chaired by Rahul Roy-Chaudhury, Senior Fellow for South Asia, IISS
    Arundel House, London
    Wednesday 31 May, 1-2pm BST

  • Strategic Comments

    Conflict and impasse in South Sudan

    03 May 2017. 

    President Salva Kiir and exiled first vice president Riek Machar, the two key political figures in South Sudan, remain at odds, and there is little sign of a political solution to the country's three-year-old civil war. There is some hope that the African Union will energise efforts to enforce the 2015 peace agreement and promote political dialogue. 

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