• 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
    Speaker:
    Dr Mariana Escobar, General Director of the Colombian Agency for Territorial Renewal (ART)
    Chair:
    Antônio Sampaio, Research Associate for Security and Development, IISS

  • Events

    The African Peace and Security Architecture: a good investment in security or a distraction from more effective peacekeeping?

    21 November 2017. 

    Tuesday 21 November, 2–3pm GMT
    Arundel House, London
    Speaker:
    Colonel (Retired) Sandy Wade OBE, former Defence Attaché and European Union Military Adviser
    Chair:
    James Hackett, Editor of The Military Balance; Senior Fellow for Defence and Military Analysis, IISS

  • Events

    Iranian and Russian involvement in Syria: purposes and prospects

    20 November 2017. 

    Monday 20 November, 10–11am EST
    IISS–Americas, Washington DC
    Speakers:
    Dr Mark Katz, Professor of Government and Politics, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University
    Dr Neda Bolourchi, Research Associate, Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics (INCITE)
    Chair:
    Mark Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, IISS–Americas

  • Strategic Comments

    Peace in Colombia and the ELN

    02 November 2017. 

    The ceasefire announced between the Colombian government and the National Liberation Army (ELN), coming as the prior peace agreement with the much larger Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) is being implemented, has attracted both hope and scepticism. While a viable peace agreement with the ELN would put Colombia on a path to comprehensive peace, shepherding two major agreements would tax Bogotá’s capacity and the ELN has a history of reneging on commitments to non-violence.

  • Strategic Comments

    High noon for Libya’s Potemkin government

    02 August 2017.  Strongman Khalifa Haftar is challenging Libya's internationally recognised but weak Government of National Accord for effective control of the country. While France has brokered a ceasefire and a new peace initiative, Haftar has substantial outside support from Egypt and the UAE, and the eventual political dispensation will probably turn on further military developments.

  • Events

    National dialogues: scope and limits as a peacemaking tool

    13 July 2017. 

    Discussion meeting
    Dr Katia Papagianni, Director for Policy and Mediation Support, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue
    Chaired by Dr Anastasia Voronkova, Research Fellow for Armed Conflict, IISS
    Arundel House, London
    Thursday 13 July, 12.30–1.30pm BST

  • Strategic Comments

    Trump’s erratic Middle East policy

    12 July 2017. 

    The Trump administration's Middle East policy has become impulsive and inconsistent, as with its intervention in Qatar's dispute with Saudi Arabia, other Gulf Cooperation Council members and Egypt. The United States is also leaning towards intensified confrontation with Iran – especially over Syria. In any case, the administration's policy is unlikely to lend needed stability to the region.

  • Expert Commentary

    What rapprochement is possible between Israel, Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi?

    04 July 2017.  The crisis that has torn apart the oil monarchies in the Gulf since late May 2017 has been considered by Israel as an opportunity to move closer to Riyadh. However, the road to the formal normalisation of Israeli–Gulf relations remains long. In the triangular relationship between Tel Aviv, Riyadh and Washington, who is most in need of the others?

  • Events

    Tensions in Asia: prospects for the peaceful resolution of conflicts

    15 June 2017. 

    IISS Shangri-La Dialogue 2017 Discussion Series
    Amy Celico, Principal, Albright Stonebridge Group
    Mark Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, IISS–Americas
    Daniel Russel, Diplomat in Residence and Senior Fellow, Asia Society Policy Institute
    Chaired by Rick Grove, President, US Friends of the IISS; CEO, Rutter Associates
    The Princeton Club of New York, New York
    Thursday 15 June, 6.30–8pm EDT

  • Survival

    UN Peace Operations and the Use of Military Force

    16 May 2017.  The gap between traditional peacekeeping principles and the realities of contemporary operations is becoming increasingly apparent.

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