• IISS Voices

    The secret to North Korea’s ICBM success

    14 August 2017.  How has North Korea managed to make such astounding progress with its long-range missile programme over the last two years? Here, Michael Elleman shares the first solid evidence that North Korea has acquired a high-performance liquid-propellant engine from illicit networks in Russia and Ukraine.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Deterring North Korea the wrong way

    11 August 2017.  Donald Trump’s threats towards North Korea are likely to be counterproductive, warn Mark Fitzpatrick and Michael Elleman.

  • IISS Voices

    IISS Cyber Report: 3 to 9 August

    10 August 2017.  Online image sharing restricted by Congolese government; US army bans Chinese-made drones; India reports spike in cyber attacks from China.

  • Expert Commentary

    Trump’s North Korea remarks: threat or bluster?

    09 August 2017.  Angry exchanges between the United States and North Korea are ratcheting up tensions and could create misperceptions that lead to war, analyst Mark Fitzpatrick says.

  • Military Balance Blog

    US and UK aircraft carrier perspectives

    09 August 2017.  The arrival of HMS Queen Elizabeth may prompt a significant change in the US–UK strategic relationship. Nick Childs considers the implications for leaders on both sides of the Atlantic.

  • 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.

  • IISS Voices

    Resignation of PM Sharif: fresh blow to India–Pakistan strategic stability?

    08 August 2017.  Cracks in India and Pakistan’s relationship continue to grow, with no sign of meaningful dialogue between the nations. The sudden departure of Pakistan’s prime minister brings new worries. Yet neither country can afford to neglect strategic stability in the coming months. Institutions on both sides of the border must continue to communicate, directly or otherwise.

  • IISS Voices

    Japan’s demographic disaster: looming crisis threatens US power and Asia-Pacific regional stability

    04 August 2017.  Japan is on course to lose as much as 30% of its population in the coming decades, putting the country at risk of insolvency and potentially ending its role as a pillar of regional stability. The crisis threatens not only Japan’s national security, but the entire US position in the Asia-Pacific.

  • Military Balance Blog

    US Navy’s latest frigate plans: beyond LCS, but how far?

    04 August 2017.  The US Navy’s request for information from industry for a new guided-missile frigate underscores a further evolution of its thinking away from the original, much-criticised Littoral Combat Ship programme.

  • IISS Voices

    IISS Cyber Report: 27 July to 2 August

    03 August 2017.  US security agency told to report on disclosure of software vulnerabilities; privacy watchdog warns of Google’s use of data on shoppers; Chinese bid for MoneyGram could give Beijing access to sensitive information.

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