• Military Balance Blog

    Belarus and Zapad 2017: between a rock and a hard place

    13 September 2017.  With its exercise Zapad (West) 2017, Russia may be sending a signal to Europe and the United States, although there is debate as to what this signal may be. The exercise is also a lesson in ‘not-so-soft power’ for Moscow's near abroad.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Aurora 2017: shedding light on Swedish defence thinking

    11 September 2017.  On 19 September 2017, Sweden will begin its largest military exercise for two decades, Aurora 2017.  Over its three-week course, 19,000 personnel drawn from all of Sweden’s armed services, including the Home Guard, will be involved. Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and the United States will also contribute around 1,000 troops between them. The exercise’s focus is the southeast of the country, and Gotland island, the closest Swedish...

  • Strategic Comments

    The North Korea crisis

    07 September 2017. 

    North Korea is clearly making rapid progress towards possessing an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of hitting the United States mainland with a nuclear warhead. An incoherent US approach involving reckless military threats and economic pressure is not working. The Trump administration should consider diplomatic engagement with Pyongyang before its nuclear ICBM capability becomes a fait accompli.

  • IISS Voices

    The secret to North Korea’s ICBM success

    14 August 2017.  How has North Korea managed to make such astounding progress with its long-range missile programme over the last two years? Here, Michael Elleman shares the first solid evidence that North Korea has acquired a high-performance liquid-propellant engine from illicit networks in Russia and Ukraine.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Beyond JL-2: China’s development of a successor SLBM continues

    07 August 2017.  Satellite imagery of modifications made to a Chinese submarine suggests work on a new submarine-launched ballistic missile, say Joseph Dempsey and Henry Boyd.

  • IISS Voices

    US policy challenges in the Asia-Pacific

    31 July 2017.  Tensions with China may increase as the year wears on – while North Korea's missile tests present an urgent challenge.  

  • Military Balance Blog

    Type-055: a new chapter in China’s naval modernisation

    24 July 2017.  There is an exclusive club of five maritime nations currently operating surface combatants that displace over 9,750 tonnes – or what in The Military Balance classifies as ‘cruisers’. Missile defence and the ability to fire larger cruise missiles require bigger radars and cooling systems as well as more missile-launcher space, which all contribute to driving up the size of the vessel.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Could a ‘double freeze’ be viable path to peace on Korean Peninsula?

    05 July 2017.  The recent and successful ICBM test by North Korea demonstrates the urgency of a strategy to prevent further provocations.

  • Military Balance Blog

    NASIC 2017 report suggests service entries, missile modifications and new nomenclature

    28 June 2017.  The United States intelligence community’s occasional public assessment of the ballistic- and cruise-missile threat systems continues to provide a valuable glimpse into how the US views their development and proliferation, including a long-range Russian ground-launched cruise missile, with the 2017 report also hinting at a revised and mainly still classified naming system for some countries, now including North Korea.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Critics are wrong: Iran remains in compliance with nuclear accord

    15 June 2017.  Mark Fitzpatrick calls for fair assessments of Iran’s nuclear activity, and argues that critics must consider context and perspective in their analyses.

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