• Strategic Comments

    Rising Israeli–Iranian tensions

    04 April 2018. 

    Tensions between Israel and Iran have increased since 10 February, when Israel shot down an Iranian-made drone launched from Syria and attacked military targets there, including Iranian installations. Policymakers in both Israel and the United States believe that Iran's strategy is to make Syria a platform for war against Israel, and broadly favour rolling back Iran in Syria. In this light, the prospect of a regional war looms larger.

  • Events

    F-35 Lightning II: for better or worse

    15 March 2018. 

    Thursday 15 March, 8.30–9.30am GMT
    Arundel House, London
    Speaker:
    Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace, IISS
    Chair:
    Nick Childs, Senior Fellow for Naval Forces and Maritime Security, IISS

  • 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.

  • Expert Commentary

    China’s military power is growing faster than you think

    21 February 2018.  The west’s superiority is increasingly under threat on land and sea – and in cyberspace.

  • Events

    The Military Balance 2018

    21 February 2018. 

    Wednesday 21 February, 10–11.30am EST
    IISS–Americas, Washington DC
    Speakers:
    Dr Kori Schake, Deputy Director-General, IISS
    Dr Bastian Giegerich, Director of Defence and Military Analysis, IISS
    James Hackett, Editor of The Military Balance; Senior Fellow for Defence and Military Analysis, IISS
    Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace, IISS
    Nick Childs, Senior Fellow for Naval Forces and Maritime Security, IISS

  • 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.

  • Military Balance Blog

    European defence spending: the new consensus

    15 February 2018.  Changing threat perceptions and an improved economic climate have prompted European states to increase defence spending.

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 2: Comparative defence statistics

    14 February 2018.  Defence budgets and expenditure
    Armed unmanned aerial vehicles: production and procurement
    Key defence statistics
    China: People’s Liberation Army main battle tanks
    China: air-to-air missile progress
    Selected Chinese and Asia-Pacific regional naval shipbuilding since 2000

  • Events

    Launch of The Military Balance 2018

    14 February 2018. 

    Wednesday 14 February 2018, 9–10am GMT
    Arundel House, London
    Host:
    Dr John Chipman, Director-General and Chief Executive, IISS

  • The Military Balance

    The Military Balance 2018

    14 February 2018.  The Military Balance 2018 includes new arms orders and deliveries graphics, a wall chart focused on strategic-forces modernisation in China, Russia and the United States, and thematic texts on Chinese and Russian air-launched weapons, artificial intelligence and defence, and Russian strategic-force modernisation.

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