• Military Balance Blog

    Douglas Barrie: Ramjet revival

    28 July 2016.  With the Swedish Air Force's introduction of Meteor, ramjet propulsion is undergoing something of a revival

  • Strategic Comments

    European air combat capabilities

    13 July 2016. 

    The United Kingdom electorate's unanticipated vote to leave the European Union risks worrying NATO allies about the UK's reliability as a defence partner at a time when Russian threats appear to be rising. To allay this concern, the British government could expand its customary multinational collaboration with European partners on defence aerospace projects, such as a new crewed combat aircraft.

  • Survival

    Russian Strategic Deterrence

    11 July 2016. 

    Russia’s intention to conduct a Ukraine-style hybrid operation against a NATO country is uncertain, but its determination to deter NATO from encroaching on Russia’s security interests is clear.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Adrian Philip Kendry: NATO defence spending and the Warsaw Summit – will Brexit have an effect?

    08 July 2016.  Uncertainty arising from the Brexit vote casts a shadow over the 8–9 July NATO Summit in Warsaw. Not only does it threaten to affect UK defence spending beyond 2016, but it also has the capacity to imperil the fragile recovery in NATO European defence spending, writes Adrian Philip Kendry.

  • Expert Commentary

    Berlin Policy Journal: Braving Brexit

    08 July 2016.  By Sarah Raine, Consulting Senior Fellow for Geopolitics and Strategy Foreign policy received little play in the run-up to the Brexit vote. The final televised pre-referendum debate between three leading representatives from the Remain and Leave campaigns was supposed to discuss “Britain’s place in the world” as one of three main topics. Yet this was barely touched upon. There was no substantive discussion on the EU as a potential force for influence...

  • Strategic Comments

    NATO’s look East

    24 June 2016. 

    Russia's military modernisation and aggressiveness have prompted NATO to refocus on European security and especially on reassuring worried Eastern members of the Alliance, and spurred NATO members to spend more on defence. But differences remain among allies over the specific measures required to ensure effective deterrence and sufficient comfort. NATO also faces complex challenges involving terrorism, state failure and humanitarian strife on its periphery.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Ian Keddie: Undersea challenge for NATO takes shape

    08 June 2016.  By Ian Keddie, Research Analyst, Defence and Military Analysis Programme In his keynote address at the Undersea Defence Technology (UDT) 2016 conference in Oslo, Norwegian State Secretary for Defence, Øystein Bø, declared that NATO must re-establish command of the maritime domain in light of a shift in the established order. Clearly, this means the new relationship with Russia, and developments such as increased Russian submarine activity, as well as its revived activities...

  • Expert Commentary

    Polish Quarterly of International Affairs: NATO’s Strategic Adaptation, the Warsaw Summit and Beyond

    26 May 2016.  By Bastian Giegerich, Director of Defence and Military Analysis NATO’s strategic adaptation has only just begun. The Alliance’s 2014 summit in Wales initiated the process and defined the short-term goals to reassure allies against the context of a shifting and deteriorating security environment. The 2016 Warsaw summit will rightly celebrate what has been achieved since Wales. Strategic significance, however, will be achieved only if NATO’s heads of state and government use...

  • IISS Voices

    Alexander Nicoll: Despite fears of Brexiteers, greater EU defence cooperation makes sense

    12 May 2016.  Brexiteers’ fear of a ‘European army’ is laughable, argues Alexander Nicoll, given the ongoing failure of European countries to pool their defence efforts - greater EU defence cooperation would be better for all members, but domestic interests always get in the way

  • Events

    A Conversation with His Excellency Kåre R. Aas

    29 April 2016. 

    IISS–Americas Ambassadors' Forum
    His Excellency Kåre R. Aas, Ambassador of Norway to the United States
    IISS–Americas, Washington DC
    Friday 29 April 2016, 8.30–9.30AM EDT

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