• Strategic Comments

    Russia and the West

    17 May 2018. 

    Russia and the West are engaged in an ongoing strategic confrontation that shows few signs of relenting. While it is to an extent moderated by the practical need for cooperation on important security issues, Cold War-era logic is likely to prevail in the medium term. The key challenge is to develop clear rules for managing the confrontation.

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 5: Russia-Eurasia

    14 February 2018.  Russia: Syria; Russia’s military exercises; Contract service; Ukraine; New equipment; Defence economics; Defence spending; State Armament Programme; Defence industry; Arms exports
    Ukraine: Armed-forces reform; Personnel reform

  • IISS Voices

    Could Ukraine’s ‘reintegration bill’ break Donbas deadlock?

    24 January 2018.  Russia says the bill amounts to preparation for war. But it might clear a path for meaningful negotiations.

  • Strategic Comments

    The wider implications of Zapad 2017

    17 January 2018. 

    Russia's Zapad 2017 exercise, in which Russia defended Belarus against externally supported extremist groups, conveyed Russia's determination to re-establish its sphere of influence in the face of NATO’s perceived expansionism. NATO must not allow the fact that Zapad was less aggressive than some had feared to blunt its message of greater vigilance and preparedness, nor shake its firm commitment to eastern European allies.

  • Events

    Russia after the presidential election: challenges & opportunities for Europe

    13 December 2017. 

    Wednesday 13 December, 12.30–1.30pm GMT
    Arundel House, London
    Dr Samuel Greene, Associate Fellow, IISS
    Dr Nicholas Redman, Director of Editorial, IISS

  • Survival

    War in Ukraine: Is This the Way It Ends?

    20 November 2017.  Russia, Ukraine and the West may finally be groping for a way to dial down the violence in eastern Ukraine.

  • IISS Voices

    Peacekeeping in Ukraine: limited progress amidst uncertainties?

    10 October 2017.  Russia's proposal for UN Peacekeepers in the Donbas region is missing vital details.

  • ACD Insight

    Peacekeeping in Ukraine: limited progress amidst uncertainties?

    09 October 2017.  Russia's proposal for UN Peacekeepers in the Donbas region is missing vital details.

  • IISS Voices

    The secret to North Korea’s ICBM success

    14 August 2017.  How has North Korea managed to make such astounding progress with its long-range missile programme over the last two years? Here, Michael Elleman shares the first solid evidence that North Korea has acquired a high-performance liquid-propellant engine from illicit networks in Russia and Ukraine.

  • Survival

    Now for the Hard Part: NATO’s Strategic Adaptation to Russia

    16 May 2017.  The Alliance’s success in adapting its deterrence posture has brought into focus a range of more complex challenges.

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