• Strategic Comments

    High noon for Libya’s Potemkin government

    02 August 2017.  Strongman Khalifa Haftar is challenging Libya's internationally recognised but weak Government of National Accord for effective control of the country. While France has brokered a ceasefire and a new peace initiative, Haftar has substantial outside support from Egypt and the UAE, and the eventual political dispensation will probably turn on further military developments.

  • Expert Commentary

    Qatar and the interconnection of regional crises

    29 July 2017.  The Qatar crisis is not simply a regional tiff, it is a fundamental disagreement about the direction the wider region should take. The West needs to see that actions in one country immediately affect others, says Sir John Jenkins.

  • IISS Voices

    Three strikes against claims that Iran is violating the nuclear accord

    27 July 2017.  Criticism of Iran’s conduct in relation to the 2015 nuclear deal does not withstand scrutiny. US withdrawal from the agreement would not convince other parties to re-impose sanctions, but could trigger a global crisis. 

  • IISS Voices

    On Iran, US and Europe may go their separate ways

    18 July 2017.  Washington is becoming increasingly confrontational when it comes to Iran and the future of the nuclear deal, while European policymakers have been at pains to emphasise its importance. As Paulina Izewicz explains, Europe appears increasingly ready to chart its own course.

  • IISS Voices

    Why India and China need to turn down heat on simmering border dispute

    13 July 2017.  While neither India nor China wants current tensions in their unresolved border dispute to escalate, the crisis risks destabilising their fragile relationship if they cannot find a face-saving solution. It can no longer be seen in isolation from wider inter-regional developments in the Indo-Pacific.

  • Expert Commentary

    What rapprochement is possible between Israel, Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi?

    04 July 2017.  The crisis that has torn apart the oil monarchies in the Gulf since late May 2017 has been considered by Israel as an opportunity to move closer to Riyadh. However, the road to the formal normalisation of Israeli–Gulf relations remains long. In the triangular relationship between Tel Aviv, Riyadh and Washington, who is most in need of the others?

  • Shangri-La Voices

    Malcolm Turnbull discusses the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue 2017

    03 June 2017.  The IISS Shangri-La Dialogue 'is a remarkable conference', says Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull. By hosting frank discussions the dialogue builds trust and confidence between nations. 

  • Shangri-La Voices

    NATO General Denis Mercier on challenges common to both the Atlantic and the Pacific

    03 June 2017.  On the sidelines of the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue 2017 NATO General Denis Mercier, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, talked to us about the common challenges faced by NATO and the Asia Pacific region.

  • Strategic Dossiers

    Chapter Twelve: Regional Defence and Security Dialogues

    02 June 2017. 

    Aims and Ambitions; The Asia-Pacific Roundtable: How it Works; IISS Shangri-La Dialogue; Xiangshan Forum: Defence Diplomacy with Chinese Characteristics; Jakarta International Defence Dialogue; Seoul Defense Dialogue: A Forum for Northeast Asia; A New Form of Defence Diplomacy; Security Dialogues and Practical Cooperation; Conclusion

  • Strategic Dossiers

    Chapter One: Asia-Pacific Policy Challenges for the Trump Administration

    02 June 2017. 

    US–China Relations; China and the US: Regional Naval Presence; Duterte’s ‘Recalibration’; Continuing Challenges in the South China Sea; The North Korean Wild Card; Thailand After King Bhumibol; A Tentative Japan–Russia Rapprochement; Terrorist Returnees to Asia; The Fate of the Trans-Pacific Partnership; Conclusion

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