• Events

    Hybrid Warfare: The Conflict in Ukraine and the War against ISIS

    19 October 2015. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Ben Barry, Senior Fellow for Land Warfare, IISS
    Arundel House, London
    Monday 19 October, 6-7pm

  • Strategic Comments

    Eurasia’s economic bloc at risk from geopolitics

    16 October 2015. 

    Despite initial successes, the future of the Eurasian Economic Union is uncertain. As the Ukraine crisis has unfolded, the regional integration initiative has become increasingly laden with geopolitical significance.

  • Expert Commentary

    La Depeche: «Le Président russe est commandé par l'urgence en Syrie»

    03 October 2015.  Interview with Francois Heisbourg, Chairman of the IISS Poutine cherche-t-il à se rendre incontournable dans le règlement du conflit syrien? Le Président russe a un problème immédiat : le risque de chute de Bachar al-Assad en Syrie. Sur le terrain, ces dernières semaines, les reculs de Bachar ont été tout à fait notables et la Russie a donc dépêché des avions et des militaires pour tenter d'inverser le courant. On veut toujours rationaliser...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Elizabeth Pond: Will Ukraine snatch defeat from the jaws of victory?

    28 September 2015.  The good news from Ukraine is that after half a year of intensive shelling across the Donbas ‘truce’ line, the big guns went silent on 1 September and have stayed silent ever since. Russia has reined in the hotheads among its proxy separatists in eastern Ukraine who wanted to keep on fighting and seize more Ukrainian territory with the superior heavy weapons Moscow has showered on Donbas over the past...

  • IISS Voices

    Ben Barry: Could Russia repeat the east Ukraine playbook in Syria?

    22 September 2015.  Despite many clear differences between Ukraine and Syria, a battle-hardened Russian army may be looking to apply lessons from the Donetsk and Luhansk regions

  • Survival

    Ukraine and the Art of Exhaustion

    22 September 2015.  With no strategy for bringing their war to a conclusion, Ukraine and Russia are now seeking each other’s exhaustion.

  • Expert Commentary

    Foreign Affairs: Forcing Kiev's Hand

    09 September 2015.  By Samuel Charap, Senior Fellow for Russia and Eurasia Viewed from Washington, the conflict in Ukraine's east seems to have reached a plateau. Despite several cease-fire agreements, fighting along the frontlines has never ceased completely. Yet the intensity of the violence has markedly decreased, and the Russian military and its separatist allies have not launched a major offensive in over six months. Since Russian President Vladimir Putin seems unwilling to withdraw...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Elizabeth Pond: A Useful Stalemate in Ukraine

    04 August 2015.  Russian President Vladimir Putin's undeclared war on once-fraternal Ukraine has destroyed Moscow's influence on Kiev, forged genuine Ukrainian identity in resistance and ended in a roughly stable stalemate in the eastern 3% of Ukraine that Russia now controls. However bitter that stalemate is to Putin, to Ukraine, and to the West, the least bad option may now be to prolong gridlock while diminishing casualties in Ukraine's Donbas coal region. This...

  • IISS Voices

    Tilly Grove: The changing face of war

    22 July 2015.  More people are dying and being driven from their homes as local grievances and global jihad merge, and as crime and cyber hacking become forms of warfare

  • IISS Voices

    John Drennan: Russia-Japan relations after Ukraine

    10 July 2015. 

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