• IISS Voices

    China’s choice: trade with North Korea or with US

    22 September 2017.  Despite Beijing’s displeasure, the latest round of US sanctions on foreign banks associated with North Korea is preferable to military options that could trigger a full-scale war, says Matthew Cottee.

  • Events

    The escalating crisis on the Korean Peninsula: prospects of peaceful resolution

    21 September 2017. 

    Thursday 21 September, 8.30–9.30am BST
    Arundel House, London
    Speaker:
    Dr Matthew Cottee, Research Associate, Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Policy, IISS
    Chair:
    Dr Bastian Giegerich, Director of Defence and Military Analysis, IISS

  • Events

    Strategic Survey 2017: The Annual Assessment of Geopolitics

    20 September 2017. 

    Wednesday 20 September, 9.30–10.30am BST
    Arundel House, London
    Speakers:
    Dr John Chipman, Director-General and Chief Executive, IISS
    Virginia Comolli, Senior Fellow for Security and Development, IISS
    Emile Hokayem, Senior Fellow for Middle East Security, IISS
    Nigel Inkster, Special Adviser, IISS
    Dr Nicholas Redman, Director of Editorial; Editor of Strategic Survey, IISS

  • Survival

    Noteworthy

    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...

  • Events

    MENA economies: Positioning for a new world (dis)order

    16 September 2017. 

    16–17 September
    Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay, Manama
    Select speakers:
    Mr Carl Bildt, former Prime Minister, Sweden; Member of the Council, IISS
    HE Mr Amr Al-Garhy, Minister of Finance, Arab Republic of Egypt
    Dr Joachim von Amsberg, Vice President, Policy and Strategy, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
    HE Mr Khalid Al-Rumaihi, Chief Executive, Bahrain Economic Development Board

  • Strategic Comments

    The North Korea crisis

    07 September 2017. 

    North Korea is clearly making rapid progress towards possessing an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of hitting the United States mainland with a nuclear warhead. An incoherent US approach involving reckless military threats and economic pressure is not working. The Trump administration should consider diplomatic engagement with Pyongyang before its nuclear ICBM capability becomes a fait accompli.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Anticipating China’s Nineteenth Party Congress

    05 September 2017.  Nigel Inkster measures Xi Jinping’s grip on power as the Chinese Communist Party prepares for its crucial five-yearly gathering.

  • IISS Voices

    Nuclear test reinforces North Korean capabilities

    04 September 2017.  Sanctions and wild threats will not end North Korea’s nuclear programme; Washington should consider how to contain a nuclear-armed Pyongyang. Matthew Cottee predicts a prolonged and uncomfortable standoff.

  • IISS Voices

    India counters China in the Indian Ocean

    25 August 2017.  Across South Asia, India and China are competing to expand their respective maritime influences in the Indian Ocean. In view of ongoing border disputes, New Delhi could well resume quadrilateral naval exercises with the US, Japan and Australia, says Rahul Roy-Chaudhury.

  • Strategic Comments

    The unwinding of South Africa’s foreign policy

    23 August 2017. 

    South African President Jacob Zuma's corrupt personalisation of foreign policy, systematic government mismanagement and rising xenophobia are marginalising South Africa in continental and international affairs. Restoring South Africa to its leadership standing will be a major priority for his successor and the next government.

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