• 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

  • Survival

    Poland’s Foreign-Policy Turn

    17 July 2017.  The new Poland is no longer an engine of European integration, nor does it seem to value its relationships with Germany and France.

  • Survival


    17 July 2017.  In the August–September issue, Daniel Deudney and G. John Ikenberry argue that the Iraq War was the product of foreign-policy realism, not liberalism; Nigel Inkster asks how military cyber power might be measured; Douglas Barrie examines Russia’s deployment of a ground-launched cruise missile in violation of the INF Treaty; Brad Roberts explores approaches to strategic stability under the Obama and Trump administrations; William C. Potter traces the diplomatic route to...

  • Strategic Comments

    NATO’s continuing adaptation

    05 July 2017. 

    Despite US President Donald Trump's noted hectoring on European NATO defence spending, several European NATO countries have been modestly increasing their spending for some time owing to national threat perceptions. The real challenges are to 'spend better', in ways that genuinely enhance military capabilities and in particular increase reassurance and deterrence vis-a-vis Russia, and to improve internal cohesion.

  • Events

    The fate of the West: the battle to save the world's most successful political idea

    14 June 2017. 

    IISS–Americas book launch
    Bill Emmott, author; IISS Trustee
    Chaired by Mark Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, IISS–Americas
    IISS–Americas, Washington DC
    Wednesday 14 June, 10.30–11.30am EDT

  • Events

    Confronting the 'silent killer' – Commander Chishty on policing violent extremism

    09 June 2017. 

    Discussion meeting
    Commander Mak Chishty QPM, Metropolitan Police Service
    Chaired by Nigel Inkster, Director of Future Conflict and Cyber Security, IISS
    Arundel House, London
    Friday 9 June, 12.30-1.30pm BST

  • Events

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

    02 June 2017. 

    Book Launch
    Brigadier (Retired) Ben Barry OBE, Senior Fellow for Land Warfare, IISS
    IISS Shangri-La Dialogue
    Peony Room, Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore
    22 Orange Grove Road, 258350
    Friday 2 June 2017, 3–4pm SGT

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