• Survival

    US Detention Policy Towards ISIS: Between a Rock and a Hard Place

    17 July 2017.  The United States’ resort to torture in responding to past terrorist threats raises questions about how the country will deal with captured members of the Islamic State.

  • Strategic Comments

    The Manchester terrorist bombing

    31 May 2017. 

    The 22 May jihadist bombing in Manchester followed a grimly familiar pattern: an individual with Middle Eastern roots but born in his Western host country – radicalised in a 'field of jihad' and by local events – chose a 'soft' target and took mass casualties. The best way forward, albeit unspectacular, is to extract operational lessons, resist militarising homeland security, and incrementally improve and refine the law enforcement and intelligence approach to counter-terrorism.

  • IISS Voices

    China's draft intelligence law

    26 May 2017.  New draft legislation calls on all Chinese people and organisations to collaborate and cooperate with Beijing’s intelligence work. The proposed Intelligence Law has emerged quietly, but includes sweeping new powers. What clues does this vaguely worded document hold to the future of Chinese activities at home and abroad?

  • Survival

    Noteworthy

    16 May 2017.  In the June–July 2017 issue, Hal Brands and Peter Feaver explore whether different US policy choices between 2003 and 2014 could have stopped the rise of ISIS; James Dobbins and Seth G. Jones ask what strategic choices can ensure that ISIS’s imminent loss of its remaining territorial strongholds will mean lasting defeat; Fabrice Pothier highlights the necessity of an area-access strategy for NATO; Tim Huxley and Benjamin Schreer analyse Donald...

  • Events

    New York Discussion: the Role of Intelligence in Supporting Policy Making

    25 April 2017. 

    IISS–Americas New York Discussion Series
    Jami Miscik, former Deputy Director for Intelligence, CIA; CEO, Kissinger Associates, Inc.
    Mieke Eoyang, Vice President for the National Security Program, Third Way
    The Princeton Club of New York, 15 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036
    Tuesday 25 April 2017
    Reception 6–6.30pm
    Panel discussion and audience Q&A 6.30–7.30pm

  • Events

    Forward thinking on transnational threats

    05 April 2017. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Michael Miklaucic, Director of Research, Information and Publications, Center for Complex Operations, US National Defense University
    Mark Shaw, Director, Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime
    Tuesday Reitano, Deputy Director, Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime
    Hilary Matfess, Research Analyst and Senior Programme Officer, Center For Democracy and Development, Abuja
    Arundel House, London
    Wednesday 5 April 2017, 12.30–2pm BST

  • Events

    Managing the Power Within: China's Central State Security Commission

    04 April 2017. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Samantha Hoffman, Research Consultant at IISS Future Conflict and Cyber Security and Defence and Military Analysis programmes
    Peter Mattis, Fellow, Jamestown Foundation China Programme
    Arundel House, London
    Tuesday 4 April 2017, 10–11am BST

  • Survival

    Book Reviews

    20 March 2017.  War, Conflict and the Military H.R. McMaster
    Middle East Ray Takeyh
    Politics and International Relations Gilles Andréani
    United States David C. Unger

  • Strategic Comments

    Trump and the US intelligence community

    25 January 2017. 

    President Trump has publicly denigrated the value of the United States' intelligence community (IC), imperilling the morale and retention of intelligence officers. Unless he establishes a better working relationship with the IC, the White House not only risks hollowing out the IC but could also wind up politicising the intelligence process and misusing intelligence products.

  • Survival

    Noteworthy

    25 January 2017.  In the February–March 2017 issue, Olga Oliker considers the relationship between Putinism and the rise of illiberal regimes around the world; Samuel Charap, John Drennan and Pierre Noël analyse the bilateral relationship between China and Russia; Nelly Lahoud asks whether the Islamic State is preparing to recruit female soldiers; Aaron Brantly discusses the ways in which jihadists approach digital security and technological innovation; Michael Fischerkeller proposes a framework for incorporating...

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