• Strategic Comments

    Trump’s Jerusalem move

    31 January 2018. 

    The Trump administration's decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem and recognise that city as Israel's capital appears to be strongly influenced by US domestic political considerations. Though welcomed by the Israeli right, the move has attracted widespread regional and international condemnation and outraged the Palestinian leadership. It is unlikely to lead to promising Israeli-Palestinian negotiations on the final status of the Palestinian territories, and could significantly degrade security in the region.

  • Strategic Comments

    Humanitarian implications of armed conflict in cities

    21 December 2017. 

    The Syrian civil war and the military campaign against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, have prompted a major reconsideration of responses to armed conflict in cities. The growing consensus among practitioners is that responses to urban armed conflict should extend beyond short-term aid and lay the groundwork for dealing with longer-term challenges posed by urbanisation.

  • Events

    The IISS Manama Dialogue 2017

    08 December 2017. 

    8–10 December 2017
    The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain

  • IISS Voices

    Difficult times ahead for Iraq, Vice President Allawi warns

    08 December 2017.  Politician says Trump's #Jerusalem announcement will be used by terrorist recruiters.

  • 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

    Turkey’s perspective on the Middle East: is there light at the end of the tunnel?

    27 November 2017. 

    Monday 27 November, 5–6pm GMT
    Arundel House, London
    Speaker:
    Binali Yıldırım, Prime Minister of Turkey

  • IISS Voices

    Armed conflict in cities

    27 November 2017.  War is an increasingly urban phenomenon, a fact that brings new challenges for militaries, governments and humanitarian organisations.  

  • 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.

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