• Military Balance Blog

    Light of the Grain: illuminating Israel’s changing defence thinking

    11 December 2017.  Amid ongoing regional conflict, Israel’s largest military exercise in almost 20 years sheds light on its evolving perception of non-state threats on its northern borders.

  • IISS Voices

    Difficult times ahead for Iraq, Vice President Allawi warns

    08 December 2017.  Politician says Trump's #Jerusalem announcement will be used by terrorist recruiters.

  • Events

    Local governance and peace in Colombia: challenges in conflict affected areas

    30 November 2017. 

    Thursday 30 November, 5.30–6.30pm GMT
    Arundel House, London
    Speaker:
    Dr Mariana Escobar, General Director of the Colombian Agency for Territorial Renewal (ART)
    Chair:
    Antônio Sampaio, Research Associate for Security and Development, IISS

  • Events

    Turkey’s perspective on the Middle East: is there light at the end of the tunnel?

    27 November 2017. 

    Monday 27 November, 5–6pm GMT
    Arundel House, London
    Speaker:
    Binali Yıldırım, Prime Minister of Turkey

  • IISS Voices

    Background to the Sinai conflict

    24 November 2017.  The November mosque attack on civilians in Sinai points to the enduring threat posed by jihadist militants in the area. The IISS Armed Conflict Survey includes analysis on the ongoing conflict in the Sinai Peninsula.

  • Events

    Government and legitimacy in endemic crisis: experiences with authority in Somalia

    23 November 2017. 

    Thursday 23 November, 12.30–1.30pm GMT
    Arundel House, London
    Speaker:
    Dr Jutta Bakonyi, Associate Professor in Development and Conflict, University of Durham
    Chair:
    Dr Anastasia Voronkova, Research Fellow for Armed Conflict, IISS

  • Strategic Comments

    Strategic implications of the ambush in Niger

    22 November 2017. 

    The October jihadist ambush in Niger that left four American soldiers on a combined patrol with Nigerien forces dead has raised questions about the extent to which US military personnel should advise and assist local military operations overseas. It has also produced controversy about civil-military relations in the Trump administration. As a result, Congress's post-9/11 Authorization of the Use of Military Force, delegating broad powers to the president to initiate counter-terrorism efforts, may be curtailed.

  • Events

    Al-Qaeda since 9/11 and its rivalry with the Islamic State

    15 November 2017. 

    Wednesday 15 November, 12.30–2pm GMT
    Arundel House, London
    Speakers:
    Cathy Scott-Clark, award-winning writer and documentary producer
    Adrian Levy, award-winning writer and documentary producer
    Chair:
    Nelly Lahoud, Senior Fellow for Political Islamism, IISS

  • Strategic Comments

    Peace in Colombia and the ELN

    02 November 2017. 

    The ceasefire announced between the Colombian government and the National Liberation Army (ELN), coming as the prior peace agreement with the much larger Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) is being implemented, has attracted both hope and scepticism. While a viable peace agreement with the ELN would put Colombia on a path to comprehensive peace, shepherding two major agreements would tax Bogotá’s capacity and the ELN has a history of reneging on commitments to non-violence.

  • Politics and Strategy

    How will the Islamic State endure?

    31 October 2017.  The credibility of the Islamic State may be undermined, but the security threat it poses should not be underestimated.

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