• Events

    China's Cyber Power – Washington DC Launch

    07 September 2016. 

    IISS–Americas Book Launch
    Nigel Inkster, Director of Future Conflict and Cyber Security, IISS
    IISS–Americas, Washington DC
    Wednesday 7 September 2016, 10.30–11.30AM EDT

  • Expert Commentary

    South China Morning Post: Boiling point

    25 August 2016.  By William Choong, Shangri-La Dialogue Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific Security Faced with a crushing defeat in the South China Sea arising from the historic Permanent Court of Arbitration judgment last month, China has upped the ante in the East China Sea. On Sunday, Tokyo protested to Beijing after Chinese coastguard ships sailed into the 12-nautical-mile territorial sea surrounding the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands. Earlier this month, on August 5, Chinese fishing vessels entered the...

  • Expert Commentary

    BBC: What do 'hangars' on disputed islands in the South China Sea tell us?

    10 August 2016.  By Alexander Neill, Shangri-La Dialogue Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific Security Satellite images appear to show China has built aircraft hangars on disputed islands in the South China Sea. The images, from late July, were released by the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative and appear to confirm that Chinese military fighter jets could, at some point, be based on Fiery Cross, Subi and Mischief Reefs. The revelation is likely to stoke tension with neighbours and...

  • IISS Voices

    Paulina Izewicz: UN walks a fine line in new Iran report

    22 July 2016.  A first, carefully-worded UN report on the Iran deal was released on 18 July. While, to all intents and purposes, it contains little new information, it has nonetheless elicited some criticism from Iran, Russia and the United States.

  • Events

    IISS Shangri-La Dialogue 2016 Retrospective: Nuclear Developments in North Korea

    20 July 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Seok-soo Lee, Director-General, Research Institute for National Security Affairs, Korea National Defense University
    Kongdan (Katy) Oh, Senior Asia Specialist, Institute for Defense Analyses
    IISS–Americas, Washington DC
    Wednesday 20 July 2016, 10–11.00AM EDT

  • IISS Voices

    Sarah Raine: Tribunal ruling offers opportunity for negotiation, not confrontation over the South China Sea

    18 July 2016.  The recent judgment of an arbitral tribunal will have implications well beyond the South China Sea. While definitive solutions to competing territorial claims are likely to remain elusive, Sarah Raine suggests that the ruling nonetheless represents an opportunity for renewed discussion.

  • Survival

    Climate Change and State Death

    11 July 2016. 

    As climate change raises sea levels, it is unclear how the international community will handle the physical disappearance of several island states.

  • Survival

    Just Security and the Crisis of Global Governance

    11 July 2016. 

    Pursuing security and justice jointly in global governance will be vital to human progress in the twenty-first century.

  • IISS Voices

    Ben Barry: Britain's Iraq Inquiry - an initial military assessment

    07 July 2016.  The long-awaited results of a seven-year inquiry into the UK's role in the Iraq War of 2003 have finally been published. Here, Ben Barry recalls his own experiences of assessing the British Army's efforts to stabilise the country after the conflict and how he came to similarly uncomfortable conclusions about the UK's failure to achieve its strategic objectives.

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter Five: The lopsided strategies of very weak or very strong states

    04 July 2016. 

    To be credible, threats against armed groups need to be followed through, or else they are just empty words. If a state is especially weak relative to an armed group, or especially strong, this will influence how it weighs the options of force and accommodation. An especially weak state may have little choice but to cede ground to the armed groups it faces. Conversely, an especially strong state may see little worth in pursuing accommodation. This chapter examines, in Israel, an example of strategy that has been forged in strength; and another, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, of strategy forged in weakness.

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