• Events

    Beyond the Doklam confrontation: challenges and prospects for Sino–Indian relations

    13 November 2017. 

    Monday 13 November, 1–2pm GMT
    Arundel House, London
    Speaker:
    Dr Swaran Singh, Professor for Diplomacy and Disarmament, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    Chair:
    Antoine Levesques, Research Associate for South Asia, IISS

  • Strategic Comments

    The repercussions of the Iraqi Kurdistan independence referendum

    09 November 2017. 

    Iraqi Kurdistan President Masoud Barzani appears to have overreached in holding a referendum on independence, although almost 93% voted for it. Major powers support Iraq's territorial integrity. The Iraqi government has asserted military control over the region with Iran's help. Facing political and economic isolation, the Kurdistan Regional Government's authority and cohesion has been weakened. Barzani's futility has likely hardened the Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK)'s position in Turkey and increased its regional freedom of action.

  • Expert Commentary

    Donald Trump, a new advocate for Iranian nationalism and Islamist hardliners

    07 November 2017.  The 2015 Iran nuclear deal was widely backed by the country’s citizens. The Trump administration’s decision on 13 October to ‘decertify’ Iranian compliance could provoke a return of anti-American sentiments.

  • IISS Voices

    Trump in Asia: Stick to the script

    03 November 2017.  Donald Trump is embarking on a crucial visit to the Asia-Pacific. The president should control his temper, reassure his allies and make a meaningful defence of the rules-based order.

  • Expert Commentary

    Macron, America and Iran: Searching for a middle way

    02 November 2017.  Macron's strategy of presenting France as a bridge between the US and Iran could face three main hurdles.

  • Expert Commentary

    Does the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty have a future?

    27 October 2017.  Douglas Barrie says there are practical and symbolic reasons for saving this three-decade-old deal between Russia and the West.  

  • Expert Commentary

    The madness of Trump's madman strategy

    26 October 2017.  History suggests the President's "swaggering, ill-informed recklessness" is no masterstroke.

  • Events

    The strategic impact of the Belt and Road Initiative

    24 October 2017. 

    Tuesday 24 October, 3–5pm SGT
    IISS–Asia, Singapore
    Speaker:
    Alexander Neill, Shangri-La Dialogue Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific Security, IISS–Asia
    Chair:
    Dr Tim Huxley, Executive Director, IISS–Asia

  • Strategic Comments

    The Trump administration’s Afghanistan policy

    28 September 2017. 

    In addition to reducing terrorist threats, US President Donald Trump's new Afghanistan policy seeks to roll back the Taliban on the battlefield and pressure the group into an acceptable political settlement with far fewer US troops than Barack Obama deployed. Trump has also proposed involving India more closely in Afghanistan's economic development, which stands to antagonise Pakistan, the Taliban's key backer. In this light, it appears unlikely that the new policy will succeed.

  • Events

    ISIS, Al Qaeda, and Beyond: From Barcelona to Raqqa

    28 September 2017. 

    Thursday 28 September, 10–11am EDT
    IISS–Americas, Washington DC
    Speaker:
    Robin Wright, Joint Fellow, U.S. Institute of Peace and the Woodrow Wilson International Center
    Chair:
    Mark Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, IISS–Americas

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