• Survival

    NATO’s Limits: A New Security Architecture for Eastern Europe

    18 September 2017.  Whatever its merits and motivations, the process of NATO enlargement has run its course.

  • Survival


    18 September 2017.  In the October–November issue, Michael O’Hanlon argues that the process of NATO enlargement has run its course; Michael Elleman pinpoints North Korea’s rapid progression in long-range missile technology to its acquisition of a high-performance liquid-propellant engine; Christopher D. Kolenda examines the strategic flaws in US policy towards Afghanistan; Steve Andreasen calls on NATO to withdraw US tactical nuclear weapons from Europe; Erica Frantz and Andrea Kendall-Taylor compare twentieth- and twenty-first-century...

  • Strategic Survey

    Strategic Survey 2017: The Annual Assessment of Geopolitics

    08 September 2017. 

    The latest edition of Strategic Survey offers impartial analysis of the events of the year that shaped relations between major powers. It includes essays on the future of the World Trade Organisation, electoral disruption and the liberal order, urbanisation and violence, and the resurgence of information warfare. It also features illuminating infographics on North Korea’s illicit economic network, constitutional change and conflict in Turkey, and the burgeoning food-security crisis.

  • Military Balance Blog

    New UK shipbuilding strategy: do the numbers add up?

    07 September 2017.  Britain's new shipbuilding strategy aims to revive the sale of its warships around the world. The UK must overcome cost and flexibility challenges in a competitive marketplace.

  • Strategic Survey

    Chapter 2: Drivers of Strategic Change

    06 September 2017. 

    Asia-Pacific; South Asia and Afghanistan; Sub-Saharan Africa; Middle East and North Africa; Russia and Eurasia; Europe; Latin America; North America

  • Military Balance Blog

    EU initiatives for defence industry: breaking the curse of the ‘juste retour’?

    06 September 2017.  The European Commission’s European Defence Fund and associated initiatives are necessary but small steps on the long road to increased European defence-industrial cooperation, says Lucie Béraud-Sudreau.

  • 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.

  • Expert Commentary

    Brexit and the European arms industry

    29 August 2017.  Assessing the impact on cooperation, competitiveness and funding.

  • Military Balance Blog

    HMS Queen Elizabeth: making an entrance, making an impact

    16 August 2017.  The new British aircraft carrier’s deployments may be very different from those imagined when she was first commissioned, thanks to a more complex and contested security environment.

  • Events

    Harsh Lessons: Iraq, Afghanistan and the Changing Character of War

    20 July 2017. 

    Brigadier (Retired) Ben Barry OBE, Senior Fellow for Land Warfare, IISS
    Chaired by Nick Childs, Senior Fellow for Naval Forces and Maritime Security, IISS
    Arundel House, London

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