• Events

    Harsh Lessons: Iraq, Afghanistan and the Changing Character of War

    20 July 2017. 

    Corporate Breakfast
    Brigadier (Retired) Ben Barry OBE, Senior Fellow for Land Warfare, IISS
    Chaired by Nick Childs, Senior Fellow for Naval Forces and Maritime Security, IISS
    Arundel House, London
    Thursday 20 July, 8.30–9.30am BST

  • IISS Voices

    New UK carrier sets sail: a sea change for the programme?

    26 June 2017.  The maiden departure of HMS Queen Elizabeth is doubtless a bold statement about the UK’s strategic ambition. But, as Nick Childs explains, the strategic credibility of the investment hangs on whether the UK is truly committed to delivering a full carrier-based power projection capability. 

  • Military Balance Blog

    Berlin looks to build Future Combat Aircraft System consortium

    19 June 2017.  Germany is looking at the potential of building a next-generation combat aircraft with at least France, Spain and Sweden as possible partners. There are indications that preliminary talks with these nations have already taken place. 

  • Politics and Strategy

    The perils of the DUP’s national empowerment

    16 June 2017.  The Conservative Party–DUP coalition could destabilise Ireland, particularly in the midst of Brexit, argues Jonathan Stevenson.

  • Events

    Confronting the 'silent killer' – Commander Chishty on policing violent extremism

    09 June 2017. 

    Discussion meeting
    Commander Mak Chishty QPM, Metropolitan Police Service
    Chaired by Nigel Inkster, Director of Future Conflict and Cyber Security, IISS
    Arundel House, London
    Friday 9 June, 12.30-1.30pm BST

  • Shangri-La Voices

    Does President Trump Tweet for the United States?

    06 June 2017.  By Dana Allin, Senior Fellow for American Foreign Policy and Transatlantic Affairs The current American president is like a black hole, extending an irresistible gravitational field that shapes and pulls almost the totality of our thoughts, attention and discourse. Part of this is the nature of the office, a kind of elected executive monarchy that combines immense power and immense symbolic representation to attract, even in normal times, inordinate attention, such...

  • Events

    Harsh Lessons: Iraq, Afghanistan and the Changing Character of War

    02 June 2017. 

    Book Launch
    Brigadier (Retired) Ben Barry OBE, Senior Fellow for Land Warfare, IISS
    IISS Shangri-La Dialogue
    Peony Room, Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore
    22 Orange Grove Road, 258350
    Friday 2 June 2017, 3–4pm SGT

  • Shangri-La Voices

    Developing the Five Power Defence Arrangements

    01 June 2017.  The Five Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA) is a low-profile regional security institution between Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and the United Kingdom. In this article for the Straits Times, Tim Huxley argues that while the original reasons for the FPDA's formation have become redundant, some thought and energy could enable it to play an important role in the stability of Southeast Asia.

  • Strategic Comments

    The Manchester terrorist bombing

    31 May 2017. 

    The 22 May jihadist bombing in Manchester followed a grimly familiar pattern: an individual with Middle Eastern roots but born in his Western host country – radicalised in a 'field of jihad' and by local events – chose a 'soft' target and took mass casualties. The best way forward, albeit unspectacular, is to extract operational lessons, resist militarising homeland security, and incrementally improve and refine the law enforcement and intelligence approach to counter-terrorism.

  • Strategic Comments

    The WannaCry ransomware attack

    23 May 2017. 

    The worldwide 'WannaCry' ransomware attack of uncertain origin earlier this month did little lasting damage. Nevertheless, it indicated widespread vulnerability to threats from outlier states and non-state actors, which pose the greatest risks to cyber security. While governments and industry should adopt a more systematic and anticipatory approach to minimising such threats, they are unlikely to treat the attack as a major wake-up call.

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