• IISS Voices

    Fatah and Hamas face huge challenges despite reconciliation agreement

    18 October 2017.  Egypt's desire for a stable neighbour, Fatah power struggles and Hamas's bid for legitimacy are all factors in the new Palestinian reconciliation deal. But after a decade of failed agreements, the deal's success cannot be taken for granted.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Macron’s European vision

    09 October 2017.  Fabrice Pothier interprets French President Emmanuel Macron’s recent speech as heralding a bold and ambitious – if not essentially new – strategy for French leadership in the European Union.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Catalonia: identity politics and political mobilisation

    02 October 2017.  Erik Jones explores the damage done to Spanish democracy by the conflict over voting for Catalonian independence.

  • IISS Voices

    Neighbours ready to block Kurdish independence

    25 September 2017.  Iraq’s Kurds enjoy greater autonomy than their brothers and sisters elsewhere in the Middle East. But a drive for full independence has caused alarm across the region, writes Emile Hokayem.

  • Events

    Strategic Survey 2017: The Annual Assessment of Geopolitics

    20 September 2017. 

    Wednesday 20 September, 9.30–10.30am BST
    Arundel House, London
    Speakers:
    Dr John Chipman, Director-General and Chief Executive, IISS
    Virginia Comolli, Senior Fellow for Security and Development, IISS
    Emile Hokayem, Senior Fellow for Middle East Security, IISS
    Nigel Inkster, Special Adviser, IISS
    Dr Nicholas Redman, Director of Editorial; Editor of Strategic Survey, IISS

  • Strategic Survey

    Chapter 3, Part II: Electoral Disruption and the Liberal Order

    18 September 2017. 

    The combination of a basic ideological device with types of far-right and nativist political movements should be considered a long-term threat to the Western political order – for it is exclusionary, anti-pluralist and, partly as a result, hostile to the European project.

  • Strategic Survey

    Chapter 6: Sub-Saharan Africa

    06 September 2017. 

    The intervention in Gambia fits a broader trend: West Africa is becoming increasingly democratic – or at least less tolerant of dictators.

  • Strategic Survey

    Chapter 9: Europe

    06 September 2017. 

    A combination of factors relating to growing disaffection with democracy, instability on Europe’s periphery and the legacy of the economic and financial crisis has created divisions among EU member states that run between West and East, North and South.


  • Strategic Comments

    The unwinding of South Africa’s foreign policy

    23 August 2017. 

    South African President Jacob Zuma's corrupt personalisation of foreign policy, systematic government mismanagement and rising xenophobia are marginalising South Africa in continental and international affairs. Restoring South Africa to its leadership standing will be a major priority for his successor and the next government.

  • Strategic Comments

    The Trump administration and the Russia probes

    17 August 2017. 

    Special Counsel Robert Mueller heads the most aggressive of five investigations of possible collusion between US President Donald Trump's campaign and Russia to influence the 2016 US presidential election. Trump has continued to pursue a conspicuously friendly relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump will probably continue to attack the special counsel's legitimacy and avoid unequivocally acknowledging Russian interference for as long as possible.

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