• Survival

    The Unexceptional Superpower: American Grand Strategy in the Age of Trump

    20 November 2017.  President Donald Trump is taking aim at many of the core ideas and practices that have made the United States such an effective global leader.

  • Events

    CANCELLED - Going global vs staying local: Romania’s agenda as a connector between Europe and Asia

    17 November 2017. 

    Friday 17 November, 6–7pm SGT
    The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore
    Speaker:
    His Excellency Teodor Meleşcanu, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Romania
    Chair:
    Alexander Neill, Shangri-La Dialogue Senior Fellow for Asia Pacific Security, IISS

  • Military Balance Blog

    European naval capabilities: strengths and weaknesses on show

    23 October 2017.  As recent NATO exercises show, Europe’s collective naval capability remains impressive, although continued integration of maritime forces on a more routine basis remains a challenge, says Nick Childs.

  • Military Balance Blog

    NATO and Russia: watching the skies

    10 October 2017.  While the focus of Russia’s Zapad (West) 2017 was a fictional conflict in Belarus, several parallel exercises arguably offered as valuable an insight into Moscow’s military thinking as events around Minsk, and served to outline capability areas that NATO needs to consider further.

  • Events

    NATO, the North Atlantic, and maritime strategy: back to the future?

    02 October 2017. 

    Monday 2 October, 6–7pm BST
    Arundel House, London
    Speaker:
    Professor Eric Grove, Naval Historian and Author
    Chair:
    Nick Childs, Senior Fellow for Naval Forces and Maritime Security, IISS

  • Survival

    NATO’s Limits: A New Security Architecture for Eastern Europe

    18 September 2017.  Whatever its merits and motivations, the process of NATO enlargement has run its course.

  • Survival

    Rethinking NATO’s Tactical Nuclear Weapons

    18 September 2017.  NATO should move to a safer, more secure and more credible nuclear deterrent – including withdrawing, and not replacing, US tactical nuclear weapons in Europe.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Belarus and Zapad 2017: between a rock and a hard place

    13 September 2017.  With its exercise Zapad (West) 2017, Russia may be sending a signal to Europe and the United States, although there is debate as to what this signal may be. The exercise is also a lesson in ‘not-so-soft power’ for Moscow's near abroad.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Aurora 2017: shedding light on Swedish defence thinking

    11 September 2017.  On 19 September 2017, Sweden will begin its largest military exercise for two decades, Aurora 2017.  Over its three-week course, 19,000 personnel drawn from all of Sweden’s armed services, including the Home Guard, will be involved. Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and the United States will also contribute around 1,000 troops between them. The exercise’s focus is the southeast of the country, and Gotland island, the closest Swedish...

  • Strategic Survey

    Chapter 1: Prospectives

    06 September 2017. 

    The goal of shaping the international strategic environment seems out of reach even for the larger powers, unless resources are made available to meet the complex and hybrid threats that have emerged.  

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