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  • Military Balance Blog

    NATO and Russia: watching the skies

    10 October 2017.  While the focus of Russia’s Zapad (West) 2017 was a fictional conflict in Belarus, several parallel exercises arguably offered as valuable an insight into Moscow’s military thinking as events around Minsk, and served to outline capability areas that NATO needs to consider further.

  • Military Balance Blog

    China's submarine force: an overview

    04 October 2017.  Assessing the size, strength and location of China's submarine fleet.

  • Events

    NATO, the North Atlantic, and maritime strategy: back to the future?

    02 October 2017. 

    Monday 2 October, 6–7pm BST
    Arundel House, London
    Speaker:
    Professor Eric Grove, Naval Historian and Author
    Chair:
    Nick Childs, Senior Fellow for Naval Forces and Maritime Security, IISS

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Military Balance Blog

    EU initiatives for defence industry: breaking the curse of the ‘juste retour’?

    06 September 2017.  The European Commission’s European Defence Fund and associated initiatives are necessary but small steps on the long road to increased European defence-industrial cooperation, says Lucie Béraud-Sudreau.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Divide and rule: Maduro’s relationship with Venezuela’s armed forces

    08 August 2017.  The July election in Venezuela was marked by violent clashes and casualties. Amid the current climate of political turmoil, support from the armed forces is crucial to President Maduro’s political survival, says Amanda Lapo.

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A federated way ahead for NATO in an age of complexity

In a new paper, the IISS calls for NATO to adopt a 'persistent federated approach’ in the face of unprecedentedly complex security challenges.