• Events

    The changing geopolitics of the Gulf

    12 April 2018. 

    Thursday 12 April, 8.30–9.30am GMT
    Arundel House, London
    Emile Hokayem, Senior Fellow for Middle East Security, IISS
    Nick Redman, Director of Editorial, IISS

  • IISS Voices

    Women soldiers – another milestone for Saudi Arabia

    06 March 2018.  The latest in a series of government reforms will allow women to serve as soldiers in Saudi Arabia’s internal security forces for the first time. Can such moves inspire a nationwide change in gender perceptions? Talal Alfayez and Sara Almohamadi explore the shifting dynamics of a predominantly conservative society.

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 7: Middle East and North Africa

    14 February 2018. 

    Middle East and North Africa: Countering ISIS; The war in Syria; Yemen; Qatar crisis and regional defence; Defence economics; Economic outlook: uncertain times; Defence spending: opacity prevails; Defence procurement and industry
    Qatar: Defence policy; Armed forces; Defence and security cooperation; Operational experience; Personnel and training; Defence economics and industry

  • Military Balance Blog

    Arms trade and democracy: Sweden’s new criteria for export controls

    18 July 2017.  A new draft bill in Sweden to introduce a ‘democracy criterion’ for granting arms-export licences would make the export of any materiel to the Gulf states more difficult and limit market access for Sweden’s defence industry.

  • Events

    Anticipating and Mitigating Future Iranian Military Capabilities

    18 July 2017. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Michael Eisenstadt, Kahn Fellow and Director, Military & Security Studies Program, The Washington Institute
    Michael Elleman, Senior Fellow for Missile Defence, IISS
    John 'Fozzie' Miller, Vice Admiral (Retired), US Navy
    Chaired by Mark Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, IISS–Americas
    IISS–Americas, Washington DC
    Tuesday 18 July, 10–11am EDT

  • Expert Commentary

    What rapprochement is possible between Israel, Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi?

    04 July 2017.  The crisis that has torn apart the oil monarchies in the Gulf since late May 2017 has been considered by Israel as an opportunity to move closer to Riyadh. However, the road to the formal normalisation of Israeli–Gulf relations remains long. In the triangular relationship between Tel Aviv, Riyadh and Washington, who is most in need of the others?

  • Events

    ‘Blood Oil:’ discussion with Professor Leif Wenar

    22 June 2017. 

    Discussion meeting
    Professor Leif Wenar, Chair of Philosophy and Law, King’s College London
    Chaired by Nick Redman, Director of Editorial; Editor, Adelphi and Strategic Survey, IISS
    Arundel House, London
    Thursday 22 June, 12–1pm BST

  • Events

    Global LNG in transition – market outlook and energy security

    12 June 2017. 

    Discussion meeting
    Jefferson Edwards, General Manager Developing Gas Markets, Shell
    Dr Pierre Noël, Senior Fellow for Economic and Energy Security, IISS
    Chaired by Nick Redman, Director of Editorial; Editor, Adelphi and Strategic Survey, IISS
    Arundel House, London
    Monday 12 June, 10–11.30am BST

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 7: Middle East and North Africa

    14 February 2017.  Middle East and North Africa: Russia changes the battlefield; The campaign against ISIS; The Iraqi Army; The war in Yemen; Yemen and GCC military cooperation; Regional capabilities increase; Defence Economics; Macroeconomics; Defence spending and procurement; Defence industry; Emirates Defence Industries Company

    Saudi Arabia: Defence policy; The armed forces; Defence and security cooperation and coalitions; Operations in Yemen; Defence economics and industry

  • Strategic Comments

    The percolating proxy war in Yemen

    02 February 2017. 

    Saudi Arabia and the UAE's military intervention against the Iran-backed Houthis in Yemen, hesitantly supported by the United States, is an opportune way for Riyadh and Abu Dhabi to roll back Iran in the region. But it is also taking a severe toll on Yemen's infrastructure and population that is likely to increase pressure for reinvigorated conflict resolution efforts.

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