• The Military Balance

    Chapter 4: Europe

    09 February 2016.  Europe: NATO: towards the Warsaw Summit; Turkey takes action; EU: seeking to build a strategy; OSCE: looking to build on renewed relevance; New German defence white paper; Defence Economics; Macroeconomics; Defence spending; Procurement; Defence industry
    France: International deployments; Defence economics; Procurement and industry
    Poland: Defence policy; Alliance relationships; Military transformation; Force modernisation; Defence economics; Defence budget; Defence industry
    United Kingdom: Armed forces; Defence review: increasing military ambition; Personnel challenges; Defence economics; Defence-budget uplift; Uncertainty over the NATO 2% target

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 10: Country comparisons - commitments, force levels and economics

    09 February 2016.  Selected Training Activity 2015
    International Comparisons of Defence Expenditure and Military Personnel
    Selected Non-State Armed Groups: Observed Equipment Holdings

  • The Military Balance

    Editor’s Introduction

    09 February 2016. 

    A surge in high-profile terrorist attacks at the end of 2015 added to the increasing crises, conflicts and sense of uncertainty preoccupying the planning staffs of defence ministries worldwide.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Giri Rajendran: Russia and China drive global defence-spending increases in 2015

    09 February 2016.  By Giri Rajendran, Research Associate for Defence and Economics The Military Balance 2016 – released today – contains both raw data as well as text and graphical analysis highlighting ongoing trends in the global defence economy. Key findings in the present edition include the degree to which Russian and Chinese defence spending has driven global increases in the past year, India’s overtaking of France in the global ranking and, lastly, the...

  • Military Balance Blog

    Douglas Barrie: Russia and anti-access/area-denial capabilities

    08 February 2016.  By Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace During the Cold War, the sheer size of Warsaw Pact conventional forces was a particular concern for NATO. Now, as NATO planners face a changed relationship with Moscow, they are increasingly concerned by the quality of Russia’s modernising military, as underscored by data in The Military Balance 2016. Despite budgetary pressure, all services of the Russian armed forces continued to receive new and...

  • Events

    The Nature of the Russian Threat to NATO

    17 December 2015. 

    Survival Seminar
    Samuel Charap, Senior Fellow for Russia and Eurasia, IISS
    Elbridge Colby, Robert M. Gates Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security
    Jonathan Solomon, Senior Systems and Technology Analyst, Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc.
    Chair: Mark Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, IISS-US
    IISS-US, Washington DC
    Thursday 17 December 2015, 2pm-3pm EST

  • Expert Commentary

    Brookings: The danger of Russian and Turkish competitive machismo in Syria

    02 December 2015.  By Samuel Charap, Senior Fellow for Russia and Eurasia, IISS, and Jeremy Shapiro, Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies, Brookings Institution The downing of a Russian jet by Turkish fighters has brought the dangers posed by Moscow’s intervention in Syria into sharp relief. While the Russian and Turkish Presidents trade insults and display their competitive machismo, the world faces the prospect of a military crisis between Russia and NATO. Although we do...

  • Expert Commentary

    Ethics and Armed Forces: Hybrid Attacks Demand Comprehensive Defense

    01 December 2015.  By Bastian Giegerich, Director of Defence and Military Analysis What is new about hybrid warfare is its immediate relevance to Europe’s security. NATO and the EU are working on strategy papers, as according to Bastian Giegerich it is not only European security interests but the entire Euro-Atlantic security order that is under threat. From the European perspective, Europe is currently experiencing hybrid attacks from two directions. The actors are pursuing very different...

  • Events

    Alastair Buchan Lecture 2015: Toomas Hendrik Ilves

    01 December 2015. 

    Alastair Buchan Memorial Lecture
    Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of the Republic of Estonia
    Arundel House, London
    Tuesday 1 December

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