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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.

  • Strategic Comments

    Africa and the International Criminal Court

    21 December 2016. 

    Although three African countries have recently announced their withdrawals from the International Criminal Court (ICC), a mass exodus does not appear imminent. Perceptions of the Court's bias towards African member-states are exaggerated, and it has begun to challenge major powers. Exceptions to the ICC's prosecutorial obligations allowing member-states greater flexibility to accommodate conflict resolution efforts among other situations could make African member-states less hostile to the Court. 

  • Events

    Indonesia’s Development Strategies for Growth, Equality and Maritime Affairs

    09 December 2016. 

    Fullerton Lecture
    General (Retd.) Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs, Indonesia
    The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore
    Friday 9 December 2016, 11AM–12PM SGT

  • Events

    Jihadism transformed: Al-Qaeda and Islamic State’s global battle of ideas

    17 November 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Dr Akil N. Awan, Associate Professor in Modern History, Political Violence and Terrorism, Royal Holloway
    Virginia Comolli, Senior Fellow for Security and Development, IISS
    Dr Martha Turnbull, Head, National Security Research Group, Foreign & Commonwealth Office
    Dr Simon Staffell, UK government expert
    Arundel House, London
    Thursday 17 November 2016, 1.30–3PM GMT

  • Strategic Comments

    Bolivia: Morales’s growing unpopularity

    16 November 2016. 

    There appears to be growing eagerness both in Bolivia and abroad for Bolivian President Evo Morales to step down. But after losing a February 2016 referendum that would have allowed him to run for a fourth term, he has vowed to reverse this result so he can continue to serve as head of state. Turbulence in Bolivia seems likely in the medium term.

  • Events

    The Dead Sea

    25 October 2016. 

    Private film screening and panel discussion
    Konstantinos Antonopoulos, Policy and Advocacy Advisor, Medecins Sans Frontieres
    Stuart Gatt, Writer and Director of The Dead Sea
    Markus Geisser, Senior Humanitarian Affairs & Policy Advisor, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
    Arundel House, London
    Tuesday 25 October 2016, 6–7.30PM BST

  • Events

    The Strategic Logic of Organised Crime

    14 October 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Dr James Cockayne, Head of the UN University Office, UN
    Bianca Jinga, Governance Advisor, DFID
    Arundel House, London
    Friday 14 October 2016, 12.30–1.30PM BST

  • Events

    Adelphi Book Launch: Business and Conflict in Fragile States

    16 September 2016. 

    Book Launch
    Dr Brian Ganson, Head of the Africa Centre for Dispute Settlement, University of Stellenbosch Business School
    Dr Achim Wennmann, Senior Researcher at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva
    Arundel House, London
    Friday 16 September 2016, 12.30–1.30PM BST

  • IISS Voices

    Virginia Comolli: Drugs in Afghanistan - the elephant in the room

    31 August 2016.  In Afghanistan, fatalities are on the rise as international interest dwindles. The narcotics trade, enmeshed in the war, obstructs peace between the Taliban and the government and has caused an epidemic of drug users. Virginia Comolli explains the urgent need to counter the problem.

  • Strategic Comments

    Nigeria’s security under Buhari

    10 August 2016. 

    Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has made progress in containing the jihadist group Boko Haram in the northeast, but in other parts of the country he faces burgeoning security challenges. These include Niger Delta rebels attacking oil facilities, Biafran separatists confronting security forces, Muslim pastoralists fighting Christian farmers and Shia Muslim political agitation. Buhari will need to formulate and fund considered policies to stem the rise of each element and prevent some from converging with others.

  • IISS Voices

    Antônio Sampaio: Rio's real Olympic challenge

    04 August 2016.  As the Olympic Games kick off in Rio amid controversy and criticism, Antônio Sampaio argues that Rio's challenges started well before the torch was lit – and will continue unless urban decay is addressed.

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