• Military Balance Blog

    Xi looks to China's private sector as he pursues a slimmer, smarter PLA

    23 February 2018.  China’s ‘civil–military integration’ policy is intended to inject more innovation into the country’s defence industry, at a time when defence spending is under pressure to be more efficient.

  • 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.

  • Military Balance Blog

    It’s not your father’s PLAAF: China’s push to develop domestic air-to-air missiles

    21 February 2018.  Beijing’s advances in developing combat aircraft armed with air-to-air missiles have narrowed the gap between Chinese and US capabilities.

  • Politics and Strategy

    What Donald Trump can learn from Napoleon III

    19 February 2018.  For the United States to avoid the fate of France at Sedan, the Trump administration needs clear goals, disciplined policy implementation, an appreciation of US alliances and a much deeper investment in diplomacy.

  • Events

    Can 'maximum pressure' halt North Korea's nuclear-armed missile development short of war?

    15 February 2018. 

    Thursday 15 February, 6.30–7.30pm EST
    One Grand Central Place, New York
    Stephanie T. Kleine-Ahlbrandt
    Evans Revere
    Mark Fitzpatrick
    Rick Grove, President, US Friends of the IISS

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 3: North America

    14 February 2018.  United States: China and Russia; Multiple concurrent challenges; Alliance relationships; Readiness issues; Modernisation challenges; US Army; US Air Force; US Navy and US Coast Guard; Defence Economics; FY2018 Defence Budget Request; Continued budget turmoil; Balancing readiness, capacity and high-end

    Canada: Defence review; International commitments and engagements; Defence economics

  • The Military Balance

    The Military Balance 2018 Wall Chart: Strategic-forces modernisation

    14 February 2018.  The Military Balance 2018 includes a wall chart focused on ‘Strategic-forces modernisation: China, Russia and the United States’.

  • Politics and Strategy

    No preconditions or rewards for the US and North Korea ‘just talking’

    13 February 2018.  The prospect of US engagement with North Korea may not budge Pyongyang but it keeps the US and South Korea in sync, writes Mark Fitzpatrick.

  • Events

    Understanding the US nuclear posture review

    09 February 2018. 

    Friday 9 February, 12.30–1.30pm GMT
    Arundel House, London
    Dr Kori Schake, Deputy Director-General, IISS
    Dr Matthew Harries, Managing Editor of Survival; Senior Fellow for Transatlantic Affairs and Nuclear Policy, IISS

  • Military Balance Blog

    New wall chart: Strategic-forces modernisation: China, Russia and the United States

    09 February 2018.  The Military Balance 2018 comes with a new wall chart, displaying the numbers of Chinese, Russian and US land-, air- and sea-based nuclear-delivery systems in 1987, 2017 and 2037.

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