• Expert Commentary

    National Interest: A Perfect Solution to Nuclear Talks with Iran - A Deal Deemed Imperfect by All

    22 October 2014.  By Dina Esfandiary, Research Associate, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme In today’s Middle East, dysfunction is a bigger enemy than hostile states. The United States needs as many partners as possible in this part of the world to tackle the current chaos. Relations between Iran, a dominant state in the region, and the West are today at a vital crossroads. Reaching a deal with Tehran will not only constrain its nuclear program...

  • IISS Voices

    John Drennan: The new landscape of European security

    16 October 2014.  By John Drennan, Research Assistant, Russia and Eurasia Programme NATO is entering its fifth phase as it assesses its role post-Afghanistan, according to Derek Chollet, US Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs. This new phase focuses on issues much closer to home, as the Alliance works together to fight against the threat of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) and faces the crisis in Ukraine.  Speaking at...

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter Three: Perceptions, postures and instability

    16 October 2014.  China and Japan are, according to some observers, locked in a security dilemma, where mutual mistrust leads each to pursue defensive measures that the other regards as threatening.

  • Adelphi Books

    Conclusion

    16 October 2014. 

    Achieving political understanding between Beijing and Tokyo will not be easy, but continuing with the current course would be an exercise in folly.

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter One: The historical context

    16 October 2014. 

    Two milennia of relations: for Japan, from prehistory to relatively recent times, the outside world  was China.

  • Adelphi Books

    Introduction

    16 October 2014. 

    Disputes over historiography and the Senkakus/Diaoyus, coupled with an increased focus on the part of both navies towards the East China Sea, have increased the likelihood of military conflict in a region of vital importance to the global economy.

  • Events

    Changing Asia-a Japanese Perspective: How to Read Asia Today

    13 October 2014. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Ichiro Fujisaki 
    President, America–Japan Society, Inc;
    Distinguished Professor and Chairman of International Strategies, Sophia University, Tokyo;
    Distinguished Professor, Keio University, Tokyo;
    Former Ambassador of Japan to the US
    Arundel House, London
    Monday, 13 October 2014

  • IISS Voices

    Mark Fitzpatrick: Mystery explosion at Iran's Parchin military complex

    10 October 2014.  Reports of an explosion or fire at the Parchin military complex in Iran have again raised questions about the country's nuclear facilities. Parchin is where Iran is suspected of conducting nuclear weapons-related experiments. Mark Fitzpatrick, Director of the Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme at IISS, has told BBC News that after so much international attention on the complex in recent years, 'it's unlikely that Iran would still be using it for nuclear...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Chi Kong Chyong and Pierre Noël: Ukraine’s energy brinkmanship

    10 October 2014.  In the fog of its foreign-policy confrontation with Russia over Ukraine, the European Union seems unable to see its energy-security interests clearly or to act accordingly. Kiev has used the international crisis triggered by Russia’s actions in Crimea and eastern Ukraine to restructure the contracts with Moscow it signed in 2009. It wants a much lower price for its gas imports and the ability to swap gas with Gazprom’s clients in...

  • Events

    The New Landscape of European Security

    08 October 2014. 

    IISS-US Policy Makers Series
    Derek Chollet
    Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs,
    US Department of Defense
    IISS-US, Washington DC
    Wednesday 8 October 2014

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