• The Military Balance

    Chapter I, Part II: Special-operations forces

    14 February 2017. 

    Special operations and special-operations forces
    Missions and capabilities
    SOF limitations
    Employing and building SOF
    Developing future SOF capabilities

  • Adelphi Books

    Harsh Lessons: Iraq, Afghanistan and the Changing Character of War

    25 January 2017.  This Adelphi book examines the military evolution of the US-led interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq, and their implications for the future character of war.

  • Events

    How Kidnapping Funds Terrorism

    25 January 2017. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Dr Loretta Napoleoni, author and expert on countering terrorism financing
    Arundel House, London
    Wednesday 25 January 2017, 12.30–1.30pm GMT

  • IISS Voices

    India and the UAE: towards strategic cooperation

    23 January 2017.  India and the United Arab Emirates have recently embarked on an ambitious drive to upgrade their bilateral relations. But gains in its strategic and economic importance are likely to come at Pakistan’s expense, explain Emile Hokayem and Rahul Roy-Chaudhury. And India’s desire to avoid becoming entangled in the Middle East’s complex and bruising politics will act as a brake on the relationship.

  • Strategic Comments

    Social divisions and rising terrorist violence in Turkey

    12 January 2017. 

    In the past 18 months, Turkey has not appreciably reduced Kurdish militant groups' terrorist capabilities or addressed the root causes of their grievances. The country has grown less tolerant of Islamic State activity, and friction between Turkey and its NATO allies has impeded intelligence-sharing about terrorist threats. Accordingly, the level of terrorist violence in Turkey appears set to rise in the months ahead, potentially leading to sustained domestic instability and severe damage to the country’s social fabric.

  • Expert Commentary

    The Islamic State and Israel's Arab Citizens

    06 December 2016.  In this article for War on the Rocks, Elisabeth Marteu discusses the reasons why the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, has failed to gain a foothold amongst Israeli Arabs.

  • Strategic Comments

    The Islamic State and Southeast Asia

    23 November 2016. 

    Up to a thousand Southeast Asians have travelled to the Middle East to fight for the Islamic State. While some may return to Southeast Asia and engage in terrorist operations, the greater threat is that the Islamic State's rise in international prominence will foment homegrown extremism and terrorist activity.

  • South Asia Conferences

    IISS–NESA South Asia Security Conference 2016

    21 October 2016. 

    10th ‘Track 1.5’ South Asia Security Conference
    Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Muscat, Oman
    21–23 October 2016

  • Strategic Survey

    Chapter 9: Europe

    27 September 2016. 

    The British referendum brought into renewed focus a familiar issue: the EU’s perceived democratic deficit. The growth of euroscepticism suggests that governments will need to address it more explicitly.

  • Events

    The proliferation of terrorist watch lists in the US

    22 September 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Dr Jeffrey Kahn, Professor of Law, Dedman School of Law, Southern Methodist University
    Arundel House, London
    Thursday 22 September 2016, 12.30–1.30PM BST

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