• Events

    Government and legitimacy in endemic crisis: experiences with authority in Somalia

    23 November 2017. 

    Thursday 23 November, 12.30–1.30pm GMT
    Arundel House, London
    Speaker:
    Dr Jutta Bakonyi, Associate Professor in Development and Conflict, University of Durham
    Chair:
    Dr Anastasia Voronkova, Research Fellow for Armed Conflict, IISS

  • Survival

    From the End of History to the Retreat of Liberalism

    20 November 2017.  In The Retreat of Western Liberalism, Edward Luce explores the fundamental tensions at the heart of liberal democracy.

  • Strategic Comments

    Spain’s Catalan separatist crisis

    16 November 2017. 

    Catalonia's 1 October referendum on independence precipitated a major political crisis in Spain and prompted Madrid to assume direct rule of Catalonia pending regional elections scheduled for 21 December. There appears to be a realistic possibility that Catalan voters will opt for a less disruptive push for enhanced autonomy within Spain. But if they re-assert independence, the cycle witnessed over the past several months could repeat and produce deeper crisis.

  • Events

    China and the world after the 19th party congress

    14 November 2017. 

    Tuesday 14 November, 12–1pm GMT
    Arundel House, London
    Speaker:
    Nigel Inkster, Senior Adviser, IISS
    Chair:
    Nicholas Redman, Director of Editorial; Editor, Strategic Survey and Adelphi Books, IISS

  • Strategic Comments

    The repercussions of the Iraqi Kurdistan independence referendum

    09 November 2017. 

    Iraqi Kurdistan President Masoud Barzani appears to have overreached in holding a referendum on independence, although almost 93% voted for it. Major powers support Iraq's territorial integrity. The Iraqi government has asserted military control over the region with Iran's help. Facing political and economic isolation, the Kurdistan Regional Government's authority and cohesion has been weakened. Barzani's futility has likely hardened the Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK)'s position in Turkey and increased its regional freedom of action.

  • Events

    The impact of corruption on international security and stability

    09 November 2017. 

    Thursday 9 November, 12.30–1.30pm GMT
    Arundel House, London
    Speakers:
    Ben Fender, Head, Security Policy Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UK
    Katherine Dixon, Director, Transparency International Defence and Security
    Chair:
    Antônio Sampaio, Research Associate for Security and Development, IISS

  • Events

    Does conflict threaten Myanmar's political transition?

    07 November 2017. 

    Tuesday 7 November, 10.30–11.30am EDT
    IISS–Americas, Washington DC
    Speakers:
    Priscilla A. Clapp, Senior Advisor, United States Institute of Peace
    Maxwell J. Hamilton, Visiting Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
    Yun Sun, Senior Associate, Stimson Center
    Chair:
    Leigh Morris Sloane, Managing 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.

  • Events

    The evolution of autocracy

    01 November 2017. 

    Wednesday 1 November 12.30–1.30pm EDT
    IISS–Americas, Washington DC
    Speaker:
    Dr Andrea Kendall-Taylor, Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Russia and Eurasia, National Intelligence Council
    Chair:
    Matthew Harries, Managing Editor, Survival; Research Fellow for Transatlantic Affairs, IISS

  • Strategic Comments

    The Rohingya crisis

    26 October 2017. 

    The mass exodus of some 600,000 Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar to Bangladesh, triggered by the Myanmar government's repressive policies, has produced a severe humanitarian crisis and geopolitical disruption in the region. While the international community is responding fitfully to both developments, Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi's reputation as a liberal reformer has been tainted and Myanmar's international rehabilitation limited.

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