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Armed Conflict Survey 2017

The Armed Conflict Survey provides in-depth analysis of the political, military and humanitarian dimensions of all major armed conflicts.

  • Events

    Iranian and Russian involvement in Syria: purposes and prospects

    20 November 2017. 

    Monday 20 November, 10–11am EST
    IISS–Americas, Washington DC
    Speakers:
    Dr Mark Katz, Professor of Government and Politics, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University
    Dr Neda Bolourchi, Research Associate, Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics (INCITE)
    Chair:
    Mark Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, IISS–Americas

  • Expert Commentary

    Saudi Arabia right about Iran challenge; but needs strategy

    17 November 2017.  Rather than carefully pushing back Iran, Saudi Arabia's foreign and security policy has been haphazard and counterproductive, writes Emile Hokayem.

  • Expert Commentary

    Macron, America and Iran: Searching for a middle way

    02 November 2017.  Macron's strategy of presenting France as a bridge between the US and Iran could face three main hurdles.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Fixing an Iran nuclear deal that ain’t broke

    23 October 2017.  The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is not perfect, and its implementation can be improved. But the US Congress must avoid taking actions that would kill the deal.

  • Events

    The new US strategy on Afghanistan and South Asia: challenges and prospects

    18 October 2017. 

    Wednesday 18 October, 12.30–2pm BST
    Arundel House, London
    Speakers:
    Dr Roger Kangas Academic Dean, Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies
    John Wood, Associate Professor, NESA
    Jack Gill, Adjunct Professor, NESA
    Antoine Levesques, Research Associate for South Asia, IISS
    Chair:
    Rahul Roy-Chaudhury, Senior Fellow for South Asia, IISS

  • IISS Voices

    Iran deal decertification looms: what's next?

    12 October 2017.  EU efforts and calm heads in Congress may yet prevent a crisis.

  • Strategic Comments

    US Afghanistan policy: regional aspects

    05 October 2017. 

    US President Donald Trump's new ‘Afghanistan and South Asia’ policy identifies Pakistan and India as key players but ignores or minimises other influential regional actors with vested interests in Afghanistan, including China, Russia, Iran and Saudi Arabia. Unless the US better integrates their interests, any regional approach to Afghanistan's stability and security is unlikely to succeed.

  • IISS Voices

    Conflict and transformation in the Levant

    05 October 2017.  The Syrian conflict has radically changed the strategic landscape in the Levant. As the Islamic State collapses, old fault lines are widening and new ones emerging.

  • Events

    Conflicts and transformation in the Levant

    04 October 2017. 

    Wednesday 4 October, 12.30–2pm BST
    Arundel House, London
    Speaker:
    Emile Hokayem, Senior Fellow for Middle East Security, IISS
    Chair:
    Dr Nicholas Redman, Director of Editorial; Editor, Strategic Survey and Adelphi Books, IISS

  • Politics and Strategy

    No good reason for Trump not to certify Iran nuclear compliance

    26 September 2017.  Iran is clearly meeting the criteria for re-certification of its compliance with the nuclear deal, writes Mark Fitzpatrick.

Trump’s erratic Middle East policy

The Trump administration's Middle East policy has become impulsive and inconsistent, as with its intervention in Qatar's dispute with other Gulf countries and Egypt.