• 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.

  • Survival

    The Thick Red Line: Implications of the 2013 Chemical-Weapons Crisis for Deterrence and Transatlantic Relations

    20 November 2017.  Whether or not American policy after the 2013 Syrian chemical-weapons attack was wise, its execution was bungled, causing unnecessary harm to the US–France relationship.

  • Military Balance Blog

    BAE’s tactical cuts: a reflection of a lack of British strategic direction

    31 October 2017.  UK final assembly of crewed combat aircraft will likely end by the mid-2020s, due to a lack of long-term strategy from British governments.

  • Events

    Korean security: challenges and opportunities

    31 October 2017. 

    Tuesday 31 October, 9am–1pm SGT
    IISS–Asia, Singapore
    Speakers:
    Mr Ko Yun-ju, Deputy Director-General, North Korean Affairs Bureau; Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea
    Dr Lim Soo-ho, Research Fellow, Korea Institute for International Economic Policy
    Chair:
    Dr Tim Huxley, Executive Director, IISS–Asia

  • IISS Voices

    Challenges, opportunities, and innovation in the Indo-Asia-Pacific

    27 October 2017.  The international security community should seek to bring North Korea to its senses, not its knees, advises Commander of the United States Pacific Command Admiral Harry B. Harris.

  • Events

    Indonesia and the UN Security Council

    26 October 2017. 

    Thursday 26 October, 5.30–6.30pm
    Arundel House, London
    Speaker:
    Dr Rizal Sukma, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to the United Kingdom
    Chair:
    Dana Allin, Senior Fellow for US Foreign Policy and Transatlantic Affairs, Editor of Survival, IISS

  • Military Balance Blog

    European naval capabilities: strengths and weaknesses on show

    23 October 2017.  As recent NATO exercises show, Europe’s collective naval capability remains impressive, although continued integration of maritime forces on a more routine basis remains a challenge, says Nick Childs.

  • Events

    The new US strategy on Afghanistan and South Asia: challenges and prospects

    18 October 2017. 

    Wednesday 18 October, 12.30–2pm BST
    Arundel House, London
    Speakers:
    Dr Roger Kangas Academic Dean, Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies
    John Wood, Associate Professor, NESA
    Jack Gill, Adjunct Professor, NESA
    Antoine Levesques, Research Associate for South Asia, IISS
    Chair:
    Rahul Roy-Chaudhury, Senior Fellow for South Asia, IISS

  • Strategic Comments

    US Afghanistan policy: regional aspects

    05 October 2017. 

    US President Donald Trump's new ‘Afghanistan and South Asia’ policy identifies Pakistan and India as key players but ignores or minimises other influential regional actors with vested interests in Afghanistan, including China, Russia, Iran and Saudi Arabia. Unless the US better integrates their interests, any regional approach to Afghanistan's stability and security is unlikely to succeed.

  • Strategic Comments

    The Trump administration’s Afghanistan policy

    28 September 2017. 

    In addition to reducing terrorist threats, US President Donald Trump's new Afghanistan policy seeks to roll back the Taliban on the battlefield and pressure the group into an acceptable political settlement with far fewer US troops than Barack Obama deployed. Trump has also proposed involving India more closely in Afghanistan's economic development, which stands to antagonise Pakistan, the Taliban's key backer. In this light, it appears unlikely that the new policy will succeed.

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