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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.

  • IISS Voices

    Security in the urban century - a new research stream at IISS

    23 March 2017.  As the world's urban population booms, cities in the Global South face unique challenges.

  • Strategic Comments

    The urban refugee crisis

    21 March 2017. 

    The Syrian refugee crisis has highlighted the urgent need to address the multi-dimensional challenges presented by urban refugees more effectively. In particular, a municipal approach that better coordinates the efforts of national and local authorities, with an eye to increasing local capacity and building social cohesion, is needed.

  • ACD Insight

    Refugees caught in toxic mix brewing in Turkey

    21 March 2017.  Several recent incidents in Turkey speak to a dangerous atmosphere for the country's Syrian refugee population. Caitlin Vito argues that if the tension continues to build, something will have to give.

  • IISS Voices

    Refugees caught in toxic mix brewing in Turkey

    17 March 2017.  Several recent incidents in Turkey speak to a dangerous atmosphere for the country's Syrian refugee population. Caitlin Vito argues that if the tension continues to build, something will have to give.

  • Events

    New Research Stream: Security in the Urban Century

    01 March 2017. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Virginia Comolli, Senior Fellow for Security and Development, IISS
    Antônio Sampaio, Research Associate for Security and Development, IISS
    Arundel House, London
    Wednesday 1 March 2017, 5–6.30pm GMT

  • Strategic Comments

    Colombia: what comes next?

    08 February 2017. 

    The revised peace agreement in Colombia, though still controversial, is salutary. But to implement the agreement effectively, the government will have to follow through on its reintegration obligations to former FARC members and re-establish a presence in rural areas that brings security and stability. This will be an arduous process.

  • IISS Voices

    Trump is normalising extreme anti-migrant voices around the world

    08 February 2017.  Trump's hardline stance will raise barriers for immigrants and refugees around the world - not only those hoping to enter the US. Caitlin Vito says the new president is bringing fringe views into the mainstream.

  • IISS Voices

    The Gambia: Operation Restore Democracy

    27 January 2017.  Last week the Gambian people saw their first democratic transfer of power. However, neighbouring states had to threaten force to secure it. Virginia Comolli makes sense of what went wrong for former president Yahya Jammeh.

  • Events

    How Kidnapping Funds Terrorism

    25 January 2017. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Dr Loretta Napoleoni, author and expert on countering terrorism financing
    Arundel House, London
    Wednesday 25 January 2017, 12.30–1.30pm GMT

  • IISS Voices

    Pakistan’s Afghan refugees are pawns in a political conflict

    18 January 2017.  Pakistan’s use of refugees for political leverage reflects a global trend. Caitlin Vito argues the tactic could prompt a humanitarian crisis – and will not bring Pakistan the security it craves.

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