• Expert Commentary

    Under siege? Israel in a chaotic Middle East

    14 May 2018.  Insecurity along its borders has led Israel to wall itself from its neighbours. Elisabeth Marteu looks at how this profound siege mentality has compounded Israel’s deadly response to Palestinian protesters.

  • Survival

    Taming Intervention: Sovereignty, Statehood and Political Order in Africa

    20 March 2018.  A continent that was once the world’s most insistent on state sovereignty has become highly tolerant of military intervention.

  • 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

    Armed conflict in cities: humanitarian implications and responses

    28 November 2017. 

    Tuesday 28 November–Wednesday 29 November
    Humanitarium, Geneva

    Speakers included:
    Ben Barry, Senior Fellow for Land Warfare, IISS
    Virginia Comolli, Senior Fellow for Security and Development, IISS
    Bastian Giegerich, Director of Defence and Military Analysis, IISS
    Antonio 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.  

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