• Expert Commentary

    Tehran Times: Fitzpatrick – JCPOA has been a success so far

    31 July 2016.  An interview with Mark Fitzpatrick, Director, Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Policy Programme; Executive Director, IISS–Americas Mark Fitzpatrick, director of the non-proliferation program at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), says the nuclear deal between Iran and great powers, officially called the JCPOA, has been a "success" so far as the sides have respected their obligations. However Fitzpatrick defends the report by the UN secretary general about the Resolution 2231 which endorsed the...

  • IISS Voices

    Paulina Izewicz: UN walks a fine line in new Iran report

    22 July 2016.  A first, carefully-worded UN report on the Iran deal was released on 18 July. While, to all intents and purposes, it contains little new information, it has nonetheless elicited some criticism from Iran, Russia and the United States.

  • IISS Voices

    Sarah Raine: Tribunal ruling offers opportunity for negotiation, not confrontation over the South China Sea

    18 July 2016.  The recent judgment of an arbitral tribunal will have implications well beyond the South China Sea. While definitive solutions to competing territorial claims are likely to remain elusive, Sarah Raine suggests that the ruling nonetheless represents an opportunity for renewed discussion.

  • IISS Voices

    Anastasia Voronkova: One year after the Mali peace agreement, peace is still remote

    12 July 2016.  A year after the Algiers Peace Accord was signed in Mali on 20 June 2015, the peacemaking process continues at a slow pace while prospects of a renewed civil war grow

  • ACD Insight

    One year after the Mali peace agreement, peace is still remote

    12 July 2016.  A year after the Algiers Peace Accord was signed in Mali on 20 June 2015, the peacemaking process continues at a slow pace while prospects of a renewed civil war grow

  • IISS Voices

    Ben Barry: Britain's Iraq Inquiry - an initial military assessment

    07 July 2016.  The long-awaited results of a seven-year inquiry into the UK's role in the Iraq War of 2003 have finally been published. Here, Ben Barry recalls his own experiences of assessing the British Army's efforts to stabilise the country after the conflict and how he came to similarly uncomfortable conclusions about the UK's failure to achieve its strategic objectives.

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter Five: The lopsided strategies of very weak or very strong states

    04 July 2016. 

    To be credible, threats against armed groups need to be followed through, or else they are just empty words. If a state is especially weak relative to an armed group, or especially strong, this will influence how it weighs the options of force and accommodation. An especially weak state may have little choice but to cede ground to the armed groups it faces. Conversely, an especially strong state may see little worth in pursuing accommodation. This chapter examines, in Israel, an example of strategy that has been forged in strength; and another, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, of strategy forged in weakness.

  • Strategic Comments

    Colombia: the fraught end of a long war

    29 June 2016. 

    The ceasefire announced last week between the Colombian government and the FARC, ending 50 years of destructive war, will be followed soon by a final accord and a plebiscite, which is likely to ratify the accord. While these developments are welcome, the Colombian people remain resentful of the FARC's legitimisation and sceptical about the accord's sustainability. Implementation will be a stiff and ongoing challenge.

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter 4: Battle for the Soul of the Internet

    23 May 2016. 

    China’s growing global power increases the likelihood that its values will acquire greater normative effect, and that those who oppose them will be subjected to coercion.

  • Adelphi Books

    Conclusion

    23 May 2016. 

    The cyber domain is an increasingly critical factor in China’s pursuit of strength through modernisation, and of protection from perceived threats.

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