• Events

    Beyond the Doklam confrontation: challenges and prospects for Sino–Indian relations

    13 November 2017. 

    Monday 13 November, 1–2pm GMT
    Arundel House, London
    Speaker:
    Dr Swaran Singh, Professor for Diplomacy and Disarmament, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    Chair:
    Antoine Levesques, Research Associate for South Asia, IISS

  • Strategic Comments

    The repercussions of the Iraqi Kurdistan independence referendum

    09 November 2017. 

    Iraqi Kurdistan President Masoud Barzani appears to have overreached in holding a referendum on independence, although almost 93% voted for it. Major powers support Iraq's territorial integrity. The Iraqi government has asserted military control over the region with Iran's help. Facing political and economic isolation, the Kurdistan Regional Government's authority and cohesion has been weakened. Barzani's futility has likely hardened the Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK)'s position in Turkey and increased its regional freedom of action.

  • Events

    Strategic Survey 2017: The Annual Assessment of Geopolitics

    20 September 2017. 

    Wednesday 20 September, 9.30–10.30am BST
    Arundel House, London
    Speakers:
    Dr John Chipman, Director-General and Chief Executive, IISS
    Virginia Comolli, Senior Fellow for Security and Development, IISS
    Emile Hokayem, Senior Fellow for Middle East Security, IISS
    Nigel Inkster, Special Adviser, IISS
    Dr Nicholas Redman, Director of Editorial; Editor of Strategic Survey, IISS

  • Strategic Survey

    Chapter 7: Middle East and North Africa

    06 September 2017. 

    Maintaining the most potent geopolitical rivalry in the Middle East, Iran and Saudi Arabia moved even further apart in the year to mid-2017, seeking to solidify their respective alliances and adjust their positions in response to fluctuating US policy.

  • Strategic Survey

    Chapter 5: South Asia and Afghanistan

    06 September 2017. 

    Amid growing tension with both China and Pakistan, India has made considerable progress in formulating a new, proactive policy on the Indian Ocean.


  • Strategic Survey

    Chapter 4: Asia-Pacific

    06 September 2017. 

    For many countries in the Asia-Pacific disturbed by the changing balance of power, the uncertainty generated by the advent of the Trump administration is an incentive to pursue intra-regional collaboration.


  • IISS Voices

    Why India and China need to turn down heat on simmering border dispute

    13 July 2017.  While neither India nor China wants current tensions in their unresolved border dispute to escalate, the crisis risks destabilising their fragile relationship if they cannot find a face-saving solution. It can no longer be seen in isolation from wider inter-regional developments in the Indo-Pacific.

  • Strategic Comments

    US–China dialogue and the tenuous bilateral relationship

    28 June 2017. 

    Despite recent diplomatic efforts by Washington and Beijing to keep the bilateral relationship on an even keel, China has continued to behave assertively in the Asia-Pacific and Chinese President Xi Jinping has effectively promulgated his own vision for a regional and global order. In the absence of a robust or coherent US policy for the region, China appears to have gained the upper hand in terms of the balance of power in the Asia-Pacific.

  • Strategic Dossiers

    Chapter Four: American and Asia-Pacific Responses to China’s South China Sea Actions

    02 June 2017. 

    Asean’s Struggle to Formulate Responses; The Hague Arbitral Tribunal Award; Freedom of Navigation Operations – Surface and Air; Regional Attitudes Towards Freedom of Navigation; Growing Security Bonds Among Regional States; Conclusion

  • Strategic Dossiers

    Chapter Five: India’s Evolving Strategic Response to China

    02 June 2017. 

    Why India Worries About China; India’s Evolving Nuclear Posture; India’s Naval Development; Relations with the United States; Relations with Japan; Relations with Australia; Acting East: Indian Policy in Southeast Asia; Conclusion

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