At the launch of The Military Balance 2016 on 9 February, Bastian Giegerich, IISS Director of Defence and Military Analysis, talks about NATO’s approach to Russia following the failure of the European strategic partnership with Moscow.

In the run-up to the Warsaw Summit, ‘we will see a much bigger focus on deterrence,’ he says. NATO will try to solve the concurrency challenge of balancing geography, with simultaneous threats in its East and South, and balancing core tasks such as collective defence, crisis management and cooperative security.

Watch the full launch on the IISS YouTube channel.


The Military Balance 2016 features analysis of European and Russian defence policies and military capabilities, displaying key forces by role, equipment inventories and defence economics.

The Military Balance is The International Institute for Strategic Studies’ annual assessment of the military capabilities and defence economics of 171 countries worldwide. It is an essential resource for those involved in security policy-making, analysis and research. The Military Balance 2016 was released on 9 February. Print copies are available to order.

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The Military Balance is the authoritative assessment of the military capabilities and defence economics of 171 countries. 

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