• Strategic Comments

    The Barcelona terrorist attack

    31 August 2017. 

    A homegrown cell composed mainly of young men with no known terrorist connections perpetrated the 17 August terrorist attack in Barcelona and a linked operation in Cambrils, for which the Islamic State took credit. The cell leader's sophisticated approach to recruitment and the cell's considerable planning capabilities and dedication, combined with the Islamic State's determination to support out-of-area attacks, pose significant challenges to Spanish and other law enforcement and intelligence agencies.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Divide and rule: Maduro’s relationship with Venezuela’s armed forces

    08 August 2017.  The July election in Venezuela was marked by violent clashes and casualties. Amid the current climate of political turmoil, support from the armed forces is crucial to President Maduro’s political survival, says Amanda Lapo.

  • Events

    Media Launch: The Military Balance 2017

    14 February 2017. 

    Media Launch
    Dr John Chipman, Director-General and Chief Executive, IISS
    Arundel House, London
    Tuesday 14 February 2017, 9.30–10.30am GMT

  • Events

    Military innovation and adaptation: keeping the cutting edge sharp

    23 November 2016. 

    Corporate Roundtable
    Brigadier (Retd) Ben Barry, Senior Fellow for Land Warfare, IISS
    Arundel House, London
    Wednesday 23 November 2016, 8–9AM BST

  • Strategic Comments

    Turkey: the attempted coup and its troubling aftermath

    21 July 2016. 

    The military coup attempted in Turkey on 15 July 2016 fizzled out quickly. But President Tayyip Erdogan has accused a political rival, exiled Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen, and his followers of engineering the coup without substantiation, and is using it as a pretext to purge the government, judiciary and military. This reaction could lead to sustained domestic instability that would strain Turkey's international relations, exacerbate its democratic deficit and damage its social fabric.

  • Strategic Dossiers

    Chapter Six: Regional Maritime Security Initiatives

    27 May 2016. 

    United States: playing the long game; Japan: seeking to help; China: focusing on trade; Taiwan: seeking a place at the table; ASEAN: appreciating the maritime challenge; Southeast Asia’s ‘spider’s web’ of maritime security cooperation; Navy and coastguard symposia; Maritime safety; The Indian Ocean; India; Australia and Indonesia; South and Central Pacific; Conclusion

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter 3: Military Cyber Capabilities

    23 May 2016. 

    In the event of conflict, China’s cyber capabilities will be deployed at the outset to disable the adversary – with all the escalatory risk that would entail.

  • Survival

    Shepherds of the South Seas

    20 May 2016. 

    Escort operations by unarmed or lightly armed law-enforcement ships are an integral, but under-studied, part of China’s strategy to advance the country’s position in its maritime disputes.

  • Survival

    Maritime Crime and Naval Response

    20 May 2016. 

    Navies are the only resource that many states have to protect the international trading system, but naval authorities must be realistic about the complexity of the criminal threats they are likely to encounter.

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter 2: Courts and police in revolution

    12 January 2016. 

    Ellis Goldberg provides an in-depth analysis of two of Egypt’s core institutions: the security forces and the judiciary. He illustrates how they have inserted themselves into the politics of the transition to secure their interests.

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