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    Christian Le Miere: US 'bomber diplomacy' with China

    28 November 2013.  By Christian Le Miere, Senior Fellow for Naval Forces and Maritime Security It could not be described as gunboat diplomacy, but perhaps as bomber diplomacy. The flight on 26 November of two US Air Force B-52 bombers through Beijing’s newly declared East China Sea air zone was a carefully calibrated piece of statecraft. Ignoring a demand made by China on 23 November when it unilaterally created its first Air Defence Identification...

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    Samuel Charap: End Syria’s proxy war

    27 November 2013.  By Jeremy Shapiro, Visiting Fellow, Brookings Institution and Samuel Charap, IISS Senior Fellow for Russia and Eurasia After the successful Geneva agreement between the P5+1 and Iran, the announcement on Monday that the peace conference for Syria's civil war will be held on 22 January is welcome news, write Jeremy Shapiro and Samuel Charap in the Guardian. But even if all sides actually attend the meeting, it is doubtful that a political...

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    Becca Wasser: Saudis unlikely to break with US

    27 November 2013.  By Becca Wasser, Programme Officer and Research Analyst, IISS–US Saudi Arabia ‘has been clear about its displeasure with Washington’s strategy in the Middle East’, writes Becca Wasser for CNN.com. Saudi Arabia was ‘carefully silent’ after the P5+1 reached a deal with Iran on curbing its nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief. It disagrees with the US over how to respond to the war in Syria and to Egypt’s political crisis, and recently...

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    Ben Barry: Cyber and the future of land operations

    25 November 2013.  By Ben Barry, Senior Fellow for Land Warfare Much discussion on the military implications of cyber has either been held at a relatively high level or marred by speculation, or both. A recent seminar organised by the IISS for the British Army sought to illuminate some of these implications, discussing how cyber capability would impact on armies and on the British Army in particular. The debate concluded that no defence ministry...

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    Dina Esfandiary: Iran deal is the best outcome possible

    25 November 2013.  There has already been some scepticism about the deal struck on the weekend between Western powers and Iran over Tehran's nuclear programme. In an article in the National, IISS Research Associate Dina Esfandiary tackles the arguments against the interim, six-month agreement, suggesting that it is 'the best result anyone in the region could have reasonably aimed for'.   Critics say the deal offered Iran sanctions relief and did not get enough...

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    Israel's opposition to nuclear deal

    22 November 2013.  By Dina Esfandiary, Research Associate, Non-proliferation and Disarmament Programme Another round of negotiations began with Iran in Geneva this week. The meeting, held at political director level, aims to overcome the last-minute stumbling blocks that emerged during the talks in Geneva two weeks ago.  Those opposing a deal have spent the last two weeks highlighting the dangers of compromising with Iran and insisting that the only way out is to maintain and strengthen the...

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    Islam Al Tayeb: Fallout for Turkey over events in Egypt

    22 November 2013.  The election of a Muslim Brotherhood (MB) president in Egypt in 2012 seemed to be a validation of the so-called 'Turkish model' of moderate Islamic government, IISS Research Analyst Islam Al Tayeb writes in Today's Zaman. Therefore, 'Mohammed Morsi's controversial time in office and his eventual removal in a coup-cum-revolution four months ago’ could be damaging for Turkey. Our research analyst explains the parallels between Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP)...

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    Insecurity and conflict in the Sinai peninsula

    21 November 2013.  Violence and militant activity in the Sinai has increased to such a degree that the peninsula has been added to the more than 50 other conflicts covered by the IISS’s re-launched Armed Conflict Database (ACD). Our researchers have noted the considerable increase in violence since Egyptian President Muhammad Morsi was removed from power in July. Sporadic attacks targeting Israel; the Egyptian military apparatus; oil and gas pipelines; international peacekeepers; tourists; and...

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    Claire Willman: Gambia - losing friends and alienating people

    20 November 2013.  By Claire Willman, Executive Assistant to the Director-General and CEO Controversy over host Sri Lanka’s human-rights record meant that India, Canada and Mauritius stayed away from last week’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. For an entirely different reason, there was another no-show: the West African nation of Gambia. The boycotts – and British Prime Minister David Cameron’s calls for an international investigation into alleged war crimes at the end of Sri...

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    Rahul Roy-Chaudhury: India’s new aircraft carrier

    19 November 2013.  After a delay of five years, the US$2.3 billion INS Vikramaditya aircraft carrier was inducted into the Indian Navy on 16 November, lending a strategic boost to India’s maritime warfare capabilities. ‘The commissioning of the Vikramaditya into the Indian Navy signifies two important developments,’ said Rahul Roy-Chaudhury, IISS Senior Fellow for South Asia, speaking as a guest on the Times of India weekend programme, Latitude. ‘Firstly, that the Indian government and the...

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