• Military Balance 2018

    Military Balance 2018

    Your essential guide to the world's militaries

    The new edition of The Military Balance, our annual assessment of global militaries and defence economics, is out now.

  • Military Balance 2018

    Military Balance 2018

    See the shifting balance of military power

    The Military Balance 2018 features detailed assessments of strategic-forces modernisation in China, Russia and the United States, Chinese and Russian air-launched weapons, as well as artificial intelligence and defence.

  • Putin and Erdogan. Credit: ADEM ALTAN/AFP/Getty Images


    From discord to rapprochement

    Relations between Russia and Turkey have recently swung from comprehensive discord to wide-ranging cooperation. But their rapprochement remains far from a strategic partnership, defined more by tensions and uncertainties than by clearly shared national interests.

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    How can South Africa achieve its potential?

    Amid South Africa's leadership turmoil, what should its future policymakers do to establish their country as a continental leader? To build on the lessons of the post-apartheid era, they will need to deploy greater innovation, dexterity and statecraft, argues James Hamill in his new Adelphi book. 

  1. Military Balance 2018

  2. Military Balance 2018

  3. Russia–Turkey


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Dr Kori Schake joins IISS as Deputy Director-General

The IISS is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Kori Schake as Deputy Director-General. A leading defence expert who during her career has worked dynamically and creatively at the nexus of government, academia and think tanks, Dr Schake took up her position in early February 2018.


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