• IISS Voices

    North Korea’s illicit trade: every little bit hurts

    24 May 2017.  A global network of front companies allows North Korea to trade arms and military equipment in defiance of international sanctions. Blocking this lucrative practice would be a victory for the nation's opponents. 

  • Military Balance Blog

    New defence-economics data confirms key trends

    22 May 2017.  New defence-economics data just released for the Military Balance+ database suggests that Middle East expenditures continue to decline while NATO states’ rise slowly. A twist on previous trends, however, emerges in Asia: while defence budgets remain on the uptick, the pace of growth is slowing down.

  • NATO Transformation Seminar

    NATO Transformation Seminar 2017

    22 March 2017. 

    NATO Transformation Seminar 2017
    Wednesday 22 March–Thursday 23 March
    Marriott Hotel, Budapest, Hungary

  • NATO Transformation Seminar

    Young Professionals Day 2017

    21 March 2017. 

    NATO Transformation Seminar – Young Professionals Day 2017
    Tuesday 21 March
    Marriott Hotel, Budapest, Hungary


  • Military Balance Blog

    Sweden reintroduces conscription, in a changing European security environment

    21 March 2017.  Russian assertiveness has influenced Sweden's change of policy. But can conscription tackle the country's shortfall in personnel?

  • Military Balance Blog

    Tensions fuel boom in Asian defence spending

    08 March 2017.  The balance of global military spending is shifting east. North Korea's missile tests and the South China Sea dispute are two reasons why.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Russia’s defence spending: the impact of economic contraction

    06 March 2017.  Russia continues to keep its re-equipment programme broadly on track, but can it be sustained fully in light of the country’s economic problems?

  • Military Balance Blog

    NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence: reassurance and deterrence

    20 February 2017.  A new NATO force lacks the size and power to deter Russian attacks on its own. But it will boost the cohesion and combat-readiness of NATO allies.

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 6: Asia

    14 February 2017.  Asia: Regional military roles; The South China Sea and Washington’s regional role; Southeast Asian states’ defence cooperation; Indian Air Force: fleet-recapitalisation challenges remain; Southeast Asia: capability enhancements; Northeast Asia; THAAD deployment in South Korea; Defence Economics; Macroeconomics; Asian defence spending; Procurement; Defence industry

    Australia
    China: National-security legislation; Organisational reform; Theatre commands: responsible for war fighting; Armed services: responsible for building the force; Work in progress; PLA training in 2016; PLA Army organisation; People’s Liberation Army Air Force; People’s Liberation Army Navy; Defence Economics; Overhauling defence R&D; Realising the potential of civil–military integration; Diversifying defence-budget sources; China and the Third Offset Strategy
    Japan
    Myanmar’s armed forces: privileges maintained
    Vietnam: New strategy document; Twelfth National Congress; Defence policy and capability; Foreign defence relations; Defence economics

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 7: Middle East and North Africa

    14 February 2017.  Middle East and North Africa: Russia changes the battlefield; The campaign against ISIS; The Iraqi Army; The war in Yemen; Yemen and GCC military cooperation; Regional capabilities increase; Defence Economics; Macroeconomics; Defence spending and procurement; Defence industry; Emirates Defence Industries Company

    Saudi Arabia: Defence policy; The armed forces; Defence and security cooperation and coalitions; Operations in Yemen; Defence economics and industry

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