• Events

    Conventional Arms Transfer Policy: Advancing American national security through security cooperation

    23 April 2014. 

    IISS-US Policy Makers Series
    Gregory Kausner, 
    Deputy Assistant Secretary for Regional Security and Arms Transfers,
    US Department of State
    IISS-US, Washington DC
    Wednesday 23 April 2014, 10-11am EDT/ 3-4pm BST

  • Events

    Iran, the US and the Middle East Viewed from Jerusalem and Washington

    17 April 2014. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Professor David Menashri, President of the College of Law and Business in Ramat Gan;
    Founding Director of the Alliance Center for Iranian Studies, Tel Aviv University
    Dr Dana Allin, Senior Fellow for US Foreign Policy and Transatlantic Affairs;
    Editor of Survival, IISS
    Arundel House, London
    Thursday 17 April 2014, 12:00-1:30pm

  • Politics and Strategy

    Rolf Tanner: The sectarian moment

    10 April 2014.  Lawrence Freedman once described narratives as 'compelling story lines which can explain events convincingly and from which inferences can be drawn'. Such tales lay out the causes of a conflict, delineate friends and foes – along with their respective motivations and goals – and establish what will be counted as victory and what as defeat. Conflicts that are long and drawn-out tend to gradually produce tactical alliances and temporary outcomes...

  • IISS Voices

    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

    Russia’s Breaking Point

    01 April 2014. 

    As Russia mulls its next move in Ukraine, consideration of its allies’ reactions might have greater weight than the response of the West.

  • Survival

    Narrative and Conflict in the Middle East

    01 April 2014. 

    Narratives that dramatise and simplify conflicts should be corroded by exposure to complex reality. Yet they retain their mobilising power in the Middle East, topped up by conspiracy theories.

  • Survival

    Russia and Ukraine

    01 April 2014. 

    The West has often assumed that Russia is inherently hostile to Ukraine, and the March events seem to validate that assumption. But Moscow’s moves are in fact a real departure from previous Russian policy.

  • Survival

    Has Britain Found its Role?

    01 April 2014. 

    The question is not whether Britain is a great power, but whether it does what great powers do. In the absence of wider changes, Britain will continue to play this role.

  • Survival

    Gates’s Wars

    01 April 2014. 

    Robert Gates takes deserved pride in his achievements at the Pentagon. But he leaves an important part of the debate about America’s future role in the world unaddressed.

  • Survival

    Is Iran a Military Threat?

    01 April 2014. 

    Tehran’s military capabilities do not match its ambitions for recognition and status. It is cautious, defensive and prudent in resorting to force, due as much to experience as to realism about its own limits.

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