• Events

    The Ukraine crisis and the search for a new normal

    01 May 2014. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Samuel Charap
    Senior Fellow for Russia and Eurasia, IISS
    Bloomsbury House, London
    Thursday 01 May 2014, 12:30-1:30pm

  • Events

    Iraq’s national elections and a new regional Cold War

    27 April 2014. 

    IISS Global Perspectives Series
    Dr Toby Dodge, Consulting Senior Fellow for the Middle East, IISS
    IISS-Middle East, Manama
    Sunday 27 April 2014, 5:30-6:30pm

  • Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: Is it time yet for optimism on the Iran nuclear talks?

    24 April 2014.  As the six-month interim Iran nuclear deal hit the halfway mark this week, the tone of most public commentary turned positive about the chances for striking a comprehensive deal. Last week, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirmed that Iran had kept its promises under the 24 November Joint Plan of Action. Indeed, Iran has finished diluting half of its stockpile of 20% enriched uranium hexafluoride to 5%, and conversion...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Samuel Charap: The Ukraine crisis and the search for a new normal

    24 April 2014.  As Ukraine’s winter of domestic political discord transformed into a spring of territorial partition and instability, European and American officials seemed to be speaking from an agreed set of talking points in their public remarks on the crisis. While hopeful transatlanticists sought to construe this remarkable consistency as a demonstration of a new seriousness of purpose in the West, the litany of warnings, threats and prescriptions for resolution (inevitably characterised...

  • 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

  • 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.

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