• Expert Commentary

    RFI: Egyptian air strikes could threaten Libya talks - Expert

    19 February 2015.  RFI  interview with Benjamin Fishman, Consulting Senior Fellow for the Middle East and North Africa

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 7: Middle East

    18 February 2015.  The Syrian war; ISIS: tactics, emergence and advance
    Libya: continuing instability: Defence economics
    Israel: changing security dynamics: Another war in Gaza
    United Arab Emirates: Defence-policy developments; Platforms and forces; International defence cooperation; Defence economics

  • Strategic Comments

    Libya’s civil war: the essential briefing

    10 February 2015. 

    Libya has been in a state of civil war since July 2014. Here, IISS Strategic Comments attempts to make sense of the politics, the conflict and the economics – and potential future scenarios.

  • Expert Commentary

    BBC: UK ambassador - Gulf crisis 'could last 10-15 years'

    05 February 2015.  BBC Interview with Sir John Jenkins, Executive Director, IISS-Middle East The crisis in the Gulf provoked by Islamic State could last for 10 to 15 years, says Sir John Jenkins, Britain's former ambassador to Saudi Arabia. Sir John, who left the Foreign Office last week, said it was probably the worst crisis in the area since WWII. Over his 35-year career Sir John served in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Israel. He said countries in the...

  • Expert Commentary

    Washington Post: Could a UN-brokered pact save Libya?

    22 January 2015.  By Ben Fishman, Consulting Senior Fellow for the Middle East and North Africa, IISS.  Libya has spent the past months moving from one disappointment to the next. Rival militias pound each other fruitlessly at the expense of the population. An oil-rich country with a small population is beset by continual power outages, unending school closures and hospital shortages. Ports, oil terminals and even the country’s main airports have become collateral damage in the...

  • Events

    Eliminating Chemical Weapons

    15 January 2015. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Peter Sawczak
    Head, Government Relations and Political Affairs Branch, 
    Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
    Ambassador Shimon Stein
    Analyst; Former Israeli Diplomat
    Nomi Bar-Yaacov
    Associate Fellow, Chatham House;
    Foreign Policy Adviser on Middle East Affairs
    Arundel House, London
    Thursday, 15 January 2014

  • Military Balance Blog

    Christian Le Miere: Egyptian naval skirmish highlights maritime insecurity

    14 November 2014.  By Christian Le Mière, Senior Fellow for Naval Forces and Maritime Security A rare incident in the Eastern Mediterranean this week has highlighted the sustained high levels of maritime insecurity along Europe’s southern coast. On 12 November, an as-yet unidentified Egyptian patrol craft was involved in a skirmish with four civilian vessels about 40 nautical miles off the coast of Ras el-Bar, Egypt. According to Egyptian military spokesman Brig.-Gen. Mohamed Samir, the patrol...

  • Strategic Comments

    Libya’s civil war no closer to resolution

    03 October 2014. 

    Libya Dawn’s gambit of breaking with parliament and seizing Tripoli has yet to deliver a solid return. It continues to hope that parliament will make a power-and-oil-sharing concession in return for peace. If no such compromise is agreed, war is likely to continue.

  • Strategic Survey

    Chapter 9: North Africa

    09 September 2014. 

    Egypt’s Revolution Stalls
    Maghreb: Legacy of the Arab Spring

  • Politics and Strategy

    Benjamin Fishman: Can Rome help save Libya?

    05 March 2014.  How do you help a country that requires technical assistance in a wide range of areas but doesn’t have a functional government that can absorb aid programs? That will be the challenge for participants in the International Conference on Libya scheduled to take place on 6 March in Rome. Assuming the crisis in Ukraine does not intervene, foreign ministers from the key states who supported Libya’s liberation along with international organisations...

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