Security and Development

IISS research into how insecurity hampers global development, and what the appropriate policy responses might be.

IISS–ICRC Conference

Armed conflict in cities: implications and responses

Practitioners and experts from the communities of architecture, development, humanitarian action, international law, security and urbanism gathered together in Geneva in November 2017 for a joint IISS–ICRC conference to discuss the drivers and humanitarian implications of urban conflict, and to develop operational and policy responses.

  • Events

    The impact of modern armed conflict on children

    09 March 2018. 

    Friday 9 March, 10–11am GMT
    Arundel House, London
    Kevin Watkins, Chief Executive Officer, Save the Children
    Dr Anastasia Voronkova, Editor, Armed Conflict Survey; Research Fellow for Armed Conflict, IISS
    Virginia Comolli, Senior Fellow for Security and Development, IISS

  • IISS Voices

    Assessing South Africa’s ‘Ramaphosa moment’

    20 February 2018.  South Africa’s new president, Cyril Ramaphosa, has signalled his determination to restore the country’s democratic credentials and to combat endemic corruption, but is he capable of such a formidable undertaking? His country faces a formidable set of challenges, both at home and abroad, explains James Hamill.

  • Expert Commentary

    There's no quick fix for Rio's violence

    19 February 2018.  Reform of its security institutions and urban infrastructure remains the best bet for tackling escalating violence in Rio, not military intervention.

  • IISS Voices

    Growing urban security challenges demand broad effort

    06 February 2018.  Security in cities will be a key topic at this month’s UN World Urban Forum. But the UN and development organisations cannot make urban spaces safer on their own – local communities, armed forces and others have vital roles to play.

  • Events

    Transforming peace operations: new ideas for tackling protracted conflicts

    24 January 2018. 

    Wednesday 24 January, 12.30–1.45pm GMT
    Arundel House, London
    Lieutenant-General (Retd) Floriano Peixoto, Visiting Professor, King’s College London
    Antônio Sampaio, Research Associate for Security and Development, IISS

  • Strategic Comments

    Humanitarian implications of armed conflict in cities

    21 December 2017. 

    The Syrian civil war and the military campaign against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, have prompted a major reconsideration of responses to armed conflict in cities. The growing consensus among practitioners is that responses to urban armed conflict should extend beyond short-term aid and lay the groundwork for dealing with longer-term challenges posed by urbanisation.

  • IISS Voices

    High-level corruption fuels Honduras election crisis

    14 December 2017.  The public despair driving recent protests stems, in part, from the enormous power of organised crime groups.

  • Events

    Local governance and peace in Colombia: challenges in conflict affected areas

    30 November 2017. 

    Thursday 30 November, 5.30–6.30pm GMT
    Arundel House, London
    Dr Mariana Escobar, General Director of the Colombian Agency for Territorial Renewal (ART)
    Antônio Sampaio, Research Associate for Security and Development, IISS

  • Events

    Armed conflict in cities: humanitarian implications and responses

    28 November 2017. 

    Tuesday 28 November–Wednesday 29 November
    Humanitarium, Geneva

    Speakers included:
    Ben Barry, Senior Fellow for Land Warfare, IISS
    Virginia Comolli, Senior Fellow for Security and Development, IISS
    Bastian Giegerich, Director of Defence and Military Analysis, IISS
    Antonio Sampaio, Research Associate for Security and Development, IISS

  • IISS Voices

    Armed conflict in cities

    27 November 2017.  War is an increasingly urban phenomenon, a fact that brings new challenges for militaries, governments and humanitarian organisations.  

The urban refugee crisis

The Syrian refugee crisis has highlighted the urgent need to address the multi-dimensional challenges presented by urban refugees more effectively.

Business and Conflict in Fragile States

Are there better alternatives to the dominant international approaches to business and conflict in fragile states? This Adelphi explores them.

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