• 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.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Putin’s Russia and mine

    16 March 2018.  The Russian president is hoping for high turnout in Sunday’s election, to show the world the strength of his support. But during his time in office, the country has changed.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Hypersonics and hyperbole: the marathon to develop very-high-speed cruise missiles

    15 March 2018.  Very high speed cruise missiles are a long-held ambition for the US, Russia, and China, but progress toward them has been slow. Technological barriers are only now being overcome.

  • IISS Voices

    The Salisbury attack and relations with Russia after Putin’s re-election

    14 March 2018.  Last week’s chemical weapons attack demands a response from the West. Leaders could pursue symbolic gestures, or take steps that risk driving Russia’s elite even closer to Putin. But a new sanctions framework would offer a clear and legitimate pathway to better relations with Moscow.

  • IISS Voices

    Putin’s new big nuclear buttons

    01 March 2018.  Putin’s chest-thumping state of the nation address marks the resumption of nuclear rhetoric not seen since the height of the US–USSR confrontation. It demonstrates a clear need for arms-control talks between the US and Russia to prevent any new Cold War from getting out of hand, writes Mark Fitzpatrick.

  • Events

    Boots on the ground: continuity and change in the character of land warfare

    26 February 2018. 

    Monday 26 February, 12.30–1.30pm GMT
    Arundel House, London
    Brigadier (Retd) Ben Barry, Senior Fellow for Land Warfare, IISS
    Nick Childs, Senior Fellow for Maritime Security, IISS

  • Strategic Comments

    The Trump administration’s Nuclear Posture Review

    21 February 2018. 

    The Trump administration's Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) apprehends a hostile world due to ‘rapid deterioration of the threat environment since the 2010 NPR’. The new NPR downplays arms control and calls for the modernisation of US nuclear-weapons systems and facilities, as well as expanded nuclear options. The latter would most controversially include low-yield nuclear weapons, which could lower the nuclear threshold.

  • IISS Voices

    Geopolitics of nuclear energy in the Middle East

    19 February 2018.  As more countries in the Middle East develop nuclear energy, there need to be avenues for coordination, especially on safety and security matters. At a IISS workshop in Istanbul, participants discussed the future of nuclear energy in the region.

  • Strategic Comments

    The Russian–Turkish rapprochement

    15 February 2018. 

    Relations between Russia and Turkey have recently swung from comprehensive discord to wide-ranging cooperation, spanning the energy, economic, military and diplomatic spheres. But their rapprochement remains far from a strategic partnership, defined more by tensions and uncertainties than by clearly shared national interests. The pendulum could swing back again.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Does Russia really include limited nuclear strikes in its large-scale military exercises?

    15 February 2018.  Bruno Tertrais questions whether Russia is preparing to use theatre nuclear weapons and highlights the wider significance of its military exercises.

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