• Strategic Comments

    Russia and the West

    17 May 2018. 

    Russia and the West are engaged in an ongoing strategic confrontation that shows few signs of relenting. While it is to an extent moderated by the practical need for cooperation on important security issues, Cold War-era logic is likely to prevail in the medium term. The key challenge is to develop clear rules for managing the confrontation.

  • Politics and Strategy

    On the mountaintop with North Korea

    27 April 2018.  The effusive goals set by the historic North–South Korea summit on 27 April set the stage for the forthcoming US–North Korea summit. Pyongyang’s historic refusal of tight verification measures is but one reason to doubt its fidelity to denuclearisation. Yet there is reason for hope that the upcoming meeting will make further progress towards that end.

  • IISS Voices

    Russia: war and punishment

    13 April 2018.  Successive punishments on Russia have not curtailed transgressions. To avoid a standoff reminiscent of the Cold War, John Raine considers a strategy centred on weakening Russian capabilities and engaging in dialogue with Putin.

  • IISS Voices

    Western strikes in Syria – five key questions

    12 April 2018.  Analyst Emile Hokayem examines the possible consequences of the Douma chemical attack – including military options, Putin's next moves, and the impact on Israel and Iran. 

  • Survival

    Resisting Impunity for Chemical-Weapons Attacks

    20 March 2018.  A new, French-led partnership to hold perpetrators of chemical-weapons attacks to account arrives not a moment too soon.

  • Military Balance Blog

    New wall chart: Strategic-forces modernisation: China, Russia and the United States

    09 February 2018.  The Military Balance 2018 comes with a new wall chart, displaying the numbers of Chinese, Russian and US land-, air- and sea-based nuclear-delivery systems in 1987, 2017 and 2037.

  • Military Balance Blog

    New features of The Military Balance 2018

    07 February 2018.  The Military Balance is an essential resource for those involved in security policymaking, and an indispensable handbook for anyone conducting serious analysis of military affairs, whether in the defence industry, government, the armed forces, academia, consultancy or the media.

  • Survival

    The Thick Red Line: Implications of the 2013 Chemical-Weapons Crisis for Deterrence and Transatlantic Relations

    20 November 2017.  Whether or not American policy after the 2013 Syrian chemical-weapons attack was wise, its execution was bungled, causing unnecessary harm to the US–France relationship.

  • Events

    Global Launch: Renewing America's Nuclear Arsenal: Options for the 21st Century

    23 October 2017. 

    Monday 23 October, 2–3pm EDT
    IISS–Americas, Washington DC
    Speaker:
    Dr James E. Doyle, author, Renewing America's Nuclear Arsenal: Options for the 21st Century
    Chair:
    Mark Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, IISS–Americas

  • Strategic Comments

    The Ban Treaty arrives

    26 July 2017. 

    The text of the recently negotiated Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons released on 7 July, approved by a vote of 122-1, is likely to be approved by the UN General Assembly and ratified. While none of the nuclear-weapons states or their allies favours the treaty, it marks the rejection of their customary consensus-based approach. Accordingly, the status quo will continue, but now faces a more invigorated and unified opposition.

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