• Events

    The evolution of autocracy

    01 November 2017. 

    Wednesday 1 November 12.30–1.30pm EDT
    IISS–Americas, Washington DC
    Dr Andrea Kendall-Taylor, Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Russia and Eurasia, National Intelligence Council
    Matthew Harries, Managing Editor, Survival; Research Fellow for Transatlantic Affairs, IISS

  • Strategic Comments

    The Rohingya crisis

    26 October 2017. 

    The mass exodus of some 600,000 Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar to Bangladesh, triggered by the Myanmar government's repressive policies, has produced a severe humanitarian crisis and geopolitical disruption in the region. While the international community is responding fitfully to both developments, Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi's reputation as a liberal reformer has been tainted and Myanmar's international rehabilitation limited.

  • Events

    Refugees and fragile states: innovative policy responses

    20 October 2017. 

    Friday 20 October, 12–1pm BST
    Arundel House, London
    Sir Paul Collier, Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford
    Virginia Comolli, Senior Fellow for Security and Development, IISS

  • Politics and Strategy

    Trump’s travel ban: clumsy, ineffective and wrong

    18 October 2017.  The latest version of US President Donald Trump’s travel ban is as factually baseless and counterproductive as its predecessors.

  • Survival


    18 September 2017.  Race is the distinctive problem of American history.

  • IISS Voices

    Qatar dispute exposes regional food-security failures

    21 August 2017.  Recent acts of solidarity by Turkey and Iran to help Qatar feed its population are important reminders of just how dependent regional states are on food imports. As Sara Fouad Almohamadi explains, the current Gulf dispute has exposed the shortcomings of national food-security policies.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Divide and rule: Maduro’s relationship with Venezuela’s armed forces

    08 August 2017.  The July election in Venezuela was marked by violent clashes and casualties. Amid the current climate of political turmoil, support from the armed forces is crucial to President Maduro’s political survival, says Amanda Lapo.

  • Strategic Comments

    Venezuela’s deepening crisis

    19 July 2017. 

    Venezuela's currency has collapsed, and shortages of food and medicine have produced widespread poverty and malnutrition. President Nicolás Maduro is increasingly autocratic, while his approval rating is about 18%. Popular protests are occurring and government officials – including some military officers – appear to be losing confidence in him. The country appears to be moving towards dictatorship and, possibly, a political tipping point in favour of the opposition.

  • IISS Voices

    Understanding conflict-related sexual violence

    12 May 2017.  Rape and other forms of sexual violence are not an inevitable consequence of war, and are perpetrated only by some armed actors. Understanding this variation has important implications for designing policy for sexual violence prevention and prosecution efforts, as well as peacekeeping, peacebuilding and transitional justice.

  • Armed Conflict Survey

    Chapter 1, Part II: Conflict-related Sexual Violence

    09 May 2017. 

    Sexual violence against civilians is not an inevitable by-product of war. Understanding the institutional contexts in which commanders tolerate conflict-related sexual violence should help policymakers address such violence by actors such as UN peacekeepers.

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