• 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

    Refugees and fragile states: innovative policy responses

    20 October 2017. 

    Friday 20 October, 12–1pm BST
    Arundel House, London
    Sir Paul Collier, Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford
    Virginia Comolli, Senior Fellow for Security and Development, IISS

  • Events

    City-led policies and terrorism: building security and resilience through urban interventions

    19 October 2017. 

    Thursday 19 October, 8.30–9.30am BST
    Arundel House, London
    Virginia Comolli, Senior Fellow for Security and Development, IISS
    Antônio Sampaio, Research Associate for Security and Development, IISS

  • Strategic Survey

    Chapter 3, Part III: Urbanisation, Violence and City-Led Policymaking

    18 September 2017. 

    Amid exponential growth in the number of people living in cities in low-income or fragile states, gaps in infrastructure, public services and security capacity present opportunities to non-state armed groups.

  • Survival


    18 September 2017.  Race is the distinctive problem of American history.

  • Events

    MENA economies: Positioning for a new world (dis)order

    16 September 2017. 

    16–17 September
    Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay, Manama
    Select speakers:
    Mr Carl Bildt, former Prime Minister, Sweden; Member of the Council, IISS
    HE Mr Amr Al-Garhy, Minister of Finance, Arab Republic of Egypt
    Dr Joachim von Amsberg, Vice President, Policy and Strategy, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
    HE Mr Khalid Al-Rumaihi, Chief Executive, Bahrain Economic Development Board

  • IISS Voices

    Japan’s demographic disaster: looming crisis threatens US power and Asia-Pacific regional stability

    04 August 2017.  Japan is on course to lose as much as 30% of its population in the coming decades, putting the country at risk of insolvency and potentially ending its role as a pillar of regional stability. The crisis threatens not only Japan’s national security, but the entire US position in the Asia-Pacific.

  • Strategic Survey

    Chapter 11: North America

    27 September 2016. 

    Even if Donald Trump falls short in the November 2016 US presidential elections, damage has already been done through the normalisation of illiberal discourse.

  • Strategic Dossiers

    Chapter Eleven: The Migration–Security Nexus in the Asia-Pacific

    03 June 2016. 

    Migration and border security; ISIS recruits from the Asia-Pacific; Uighur militants in China and Thailand; Australia’s Operation Sovereign Borders; North Korean defectors and spies; Crime and violence by migrants; Migration and human security; Trafficked refugees and IDPs from Myanmar; Inadequate living conditions in Australia’s offshore detention centres; Dynamics of North Korean refugees in China and Southeast Asia; Trafficked brides, domestic workers and fishermen; Unauthorised economic migrants; The need for a more effective international protection regime; Conclusion

  • Events

    ASEAN 2025: From Vision to Reality – Opportunities and Challenges

    09 May 2016. 

    IISS Fullerton Lecture
    HE Le Luong Minh, Secretary-General of ASEAN
    Fullerton Hotel, Singapore
    Monday 9 May 2016, 10–11am SGT

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