• Military Balance Blog

    Italy: renewed focus on overseas deployments

    09 April 2018.  The Italian military is taking on a greater role in Africa, while reducing its presence in Asia and the Middle East.

  • Survival

    Taming Intervention: Sovereignty, Statehood and Political Order in Africa

    20 March 2018.  A continent that was once the world’s most insistent on state sovereignty has become highly tolerant of military intervention.

  • Events

    Europe at Sea

    14 March 2018. 

    Wednesday 14 March, 5.30–7pm GMT
    Arundel House, London
    Speakers:
    Annalisa Piras, filmmaker; Director, Springshot Productions
    Sophia Besch, Research Fellow, Centre for European Reform 
    Jessica Hagen-Zanker, Research Fellow, Overseas Development Institute
    Steve Valdez-Symonds, Refugee and Migrant Rights Programme Director, Amnesty International UK
    Chair:
    Virginia Comolli, Senior Fellow for Security and Development, IISS

  • Events

    The impact of modern armed conflict on children

    09 March 2018. 

    Friday 9 March, 10–11am GMT
    Arundel House, London
    Speakers:
    Kevin Watkins, Chief Executive Officer, Save the Children
    Dr Anastasia Voronkova, Editor, Armed Conflict Survey; Research Fellow for Armed Conflict, IISS
    Chair:
    Virginia Comolli, Senior Fellow for Security and Development, IISS

  • Strategic Comments

    Zimbabwe after Mugabe

    01 March 2018. 

    Most Western and African leaders – as well as most Zimbabweans – believed it was high time for Robert Mugabe to go when he relinquished the presidency of Zimbabwe last November. But his legacy of authoritarian misrule will be difficult to expunge. Like Mugabe, Emmerson Mnangagwa, his successor and long-standing political ally, appears determined to utilise the army to ensure the victory of the ruling Zimbabwean African National Union–Patriotic Front (ZANU–PF) party in elections scheduled for August 2018.

  • Events

    The Military Balance 2018

    21 February 2018. 

    Wednesday 21 February, 10–11.30am EST
    IISS–Americas, Washington DC
    Speakers:
    Dr Kori Schake, Deputy Director-General, IISS
    Dr Bastian Giegerich, Director of Defence and Military Analysis, IISS
    James Hackett, Editor of The Military Balance; Senior Fellow for Defence and Military Analysis, IISS
    Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace, IISS
    Nick Childs, Senior Fellow for Naval Forces and Maritime Security, IISS

  • IISS Voices

    Assessing South Africa’s ‘Ramaphosa moment’

    20 February 2018.  South Africa’s new president, Cyril Ramaphosa, has signalled his determination to restore the country’s democratic credentials and to combat endemic corruption, but is he capable of such a formidable undertaking? His country faces a formidable set of challenges, both at home and abroad, explains James Hamill.

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 9: Sub-Saharan Africa

    14 February 2018. 

    Sub-Saharan Africa: Regional approaches; Tackling the Lord’s Resistance Army; Somalia; Tackling Boko Haram; Gambia; The Sahel; Defence economics; Macroeconomic trends; Defence budgets and procurement: air-force recapitalisation
    Djibouti: Foreign basing; Military capability
    Sudan: Regime survival; Regional relations; Armed forces; Defence economics and industry
    Uganda: Regional deployments; Internal threats; Operational capability; Defence industry

  • Events

    Launch of The Military Balance 2018

    14 February 2018. 

    Wednesday 14 February 2018, 9–10am GMT
    Arundel House, London
    Host:
    Dr John Chipman, Director-General and Chief Executive, IISS

  • The Military Balance

    The Military Balance 2018

    14 February 2018.  The Military Balance 2018 includes new arms orders and deliveries graphics, a wall chart focused on strategic-forces modernisation in China, Russia and the United States, and thematic texts on Chinese and Russian air-launched weapons, artificial intelligence and defence, and Russian strategic-force modernisation.

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