• IISS Voices

    Salisbury response is the first big test for ‘Global Britain’

    16 March 2018.  Brexit should not stop the UK winning EU support after the Russian chemical attack. NATO backing is crucial too – and could take the form of cyber retaliation.

  • Strategic Comments

    Merkel 4.0: not so different after all

    14 March 2018. 

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel will lead a new coalition government that has diluted her power and produced low expectations, amid considerable domestic uncertainty and foreign policy challenges. But Merkel’s instincts for caution, control and compromise will likely continue to make Germany a crucial stabilising force in Europe and a key player in determining the future of the European Union.

  • Military Balance Blog

    European defence spending: the new consensus

    15 February 2018.  Changing threat perceptions and an improved economic climate have prompted European states to increase defence spending.

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 4: Europe

    14 February 2018. 

    Europe: Defence collaboration in the EU; Internationalisation of the German armed forces; NATO: settling into new realities; NATO–EU relations; Defence Economics; A favourable economic context; Procurement trends: modernisation under way; Industry: manoeuvres in the naval sector
    Norway: Security policy; NATO; Defence policy and military strategy; The armed forces; Defence economics; Defence industry
    United Kingdom: Armed services; Defence economics

  • Events

    The UK’s contribution to European security and defence

    12 February 2018. 

    Monday 12 February, 1.30–3pm GMT
    Arundel House, London
    Dr Bastian Giegerich, Director of Defence and Military Analysis, IISS
    Dr Christian Mölling, Research Director, German Council on Foreign Relations
    Brigadier (Retd) Ben Barry, Senior Fellow for Land Warfare, IISS

  • Military Balance Blog

    Dogfight over Berlin: Germany’s Tornado replacement aspirations

    21 December 2017.  Germany’s selection of a future combat aircraft for the air force may not be a binary choice.

  • Military Balance Blog

    France and Germany: drivers of European defence-industrial cooperation

    18 December 2017.  Obstacles remain for European defence-industrial rationalisation, but the current Franco-German drive could provide a new impetus.

  • IISS Voices

    No German post-election crisis – but a set back for Europe

    01 December 2017.  This year's vote was always going to be difficult for Angela Merkel and Germany. The disruption it has has brought is felt across the continent.

  • Survival


    20 November 2017.  In the December–January issue, Hal Brands argues that Donald Trump is damaging the core values that constitute effective US global leadership; Erik Jones examines the threat posed to democracy by identity politics following the Catalan referendum; Richard G. Whitman discusses the potential impact of a ‘hard Brexit’ on foreign policy; Nelly Lahoud considers the future of the Islamic State as a non-territorial entity; Ian Anthony warns that abandoning the INF...

  • IISS Voices

    On Iran, US and Europe may go their separate ways

    18 July 2017.  Washington is becoming increasingly confrontational when it comes to Iran and the future of the nuclear deal, while European policymakers have been at pains to emphasise its importance. As Paulina Izewicz explains, Europe appears increasingly ready to chart its own course.

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