• Military Balance Blog

    BAE’s tactical cuts: a reflection of a lack of British strategic direction

    31 October 2017.  UK final assembly of crewed combat aircraft will likely end by the mid-2020s, due to a lack of long-term strategy from British governments.

  • Military Balance Blog

    European naval capabilities: strengths and weaknesses on show

    23 October 2017.  As recent NATO exercises show, Europe’s collective naval capability remains impressive, although continued integration of maritime forces on a more routine basis remains a challenge, says Nick Childs.

  • Military Balance Blog

    New UK frigate programme: the contenders to build Type-31e

    26 September 2017.  Defence companies are competing to build a new generation of British frigates. But tight budgets have presented them with a difficult task.

  • Strategic Survey

    Chapter 3, Part II: Electoral Disruption and the Liberal Order

    18 September 2017. 

    The combination of a basic ideological device with types of far-right and nativist political movements should be considered a long-term threat to the Western political order – for it is exclusionary, anti-pluralist and, partly as a result, hostile to the European project.

  • Military Balance Blog

    New UK shipbuilding strategy: do the numbers add up?

    07 September 2017.  Britain's new shipbuilding strategy aims to revive the sale of its warships around the world. The UK must overcome cost and flexibility challenges in a competitive marketplace.

  • Expert Commentary

    Brexit and the European arms industry

    29 August 2017.  Assessing the impact on cooperation, competitiveness and funding.

  • Military Balance Blog

    HMS Queen Elizabeth: making an entrance, making an impact

    16 August 2017.  The new British aircraft carrier’s deployments may be very different from those imagined when she was first commissioned, thanks to a more complex and contested security environment.

  • Military Balance Blog

    US and UK aircraft carrier perspectives

    09 August 2017.  The arrival of HMS Queen Elizabeth may prompt a significant change in the US–UK strategic relationship. Nick Childs considers the implications for leaders on both sides of the Atlantic.

  • Strategic Comments

    The Ban Treaty arrives

    26 July 2017. 

    The text of the recently negotiated Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons released on 7 July, approved by a vote of 122-1, is likely to be approved by the UN General Assembly and ratified. While none of the nuclear-weapons states or their allies favours the treaty, it marks the rejection of their customary consensus-based approach. Accordingly, the status quo will continue, but now faces a more invigorated and unified opposition.

  • Events

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

    20 July 2017. 

    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

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