• Survival

    Democracies Don’t Die, They Are Killed

    20 March 2018.  How Democracies Die offers one of the best accounts available of the crimes against democracy in America. But its prescriptions for redress are underwhelming.

  • Survival

    Noteworthy

    20 March 2018.  In the April–May issue, Ricardo Soares de Oliveira and Harry Verhoeven explore how military intervention has become a component of African state sovereignty; Bruno Tertrais contends that Russia’s nuclear policy is more of a political threat than a military one; Heather Williams analyses the US Nuclear Posture Review; Matthew Harries argues that the United States seems uncertain it can deter weaker adversaries; Paul Meyer and Tom Sauer assess the significance...

  • Survival

    Book Reviews

    20 March 2018.  United States David C. Unger
    Politics and International Relations Gilles Andréani
    Middle East Ray Takeyh

  • IISS Voices

    Tensions escalate in Ethiopia

    27 February 2018.  The Ethiopian government's harsh authoritarian measures have exacerbated civil unrest. The ruling party would do well to engage with the country’s marginalised ethnic groups to defuse tensions on the ground.

  • IISS Voices

    How China sees the challenges and opportunities of global leadership

    23 February 2018.  What is China’s place in the world? It’s a question that has generated much debate in Western media over recent years, but little has so far been understood about Beijing’s thinking on the matter. Nigel Inkster finds important insights in recent editorials published in the country’s official media.

  • IISS Voices

    Geopolitics of nuclear energy in the Middle East

    19 February 2018.  As more countries in the Middle East develop nuclear energy, there need to be avenues for coordination, especially on safety and security matters. At a IISS workshop in Istanbul, participants discussed the future of nuclear energy in the region.

  • Survival

    Xi Jinping: The Strategist Behind the Dream

    30 January 2018.  Like his American counterpart, Chinese President Xi Jinping wants to make his country great again. But there is a crucial difference: Xi has a strategy.

  • Survival

    War and Peace After the Age of Liberal Globalisation

    30 January 2018.  The new era will be one of Sino-American bipolarity and disorder, a global system in which a premium should be put on carefulness in the execution of policy.

  • Adelphi Books

    Introduction: South Africa as a hegemonic power

    25 January 2018. 

    Since 1994, South Africa has struggled to translate its military prowess, economic weight and reserves of soft power into tangible or enduring influence on the ground in Africa. This book explores these difficulties and argues that Pretoria’s lack of strategic vision has gradually eroded its leadership position, which will likely give rise to a new environment in which South Africa is no longer the pre-eminent power on the continent.

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter Four: The plight of the South African National Defence Force

    25 January 2018. 

    Given the implications of state fragility for conflict in Africa, the demand for peace operations on the continent is likely to grow, and South Africa will be expected to play a pivotal role. However, chronic underfunding, highlighted by the recent South African Defence Review 2014, has left glaring weaknesses in the South African National Defence Force (SANDF). This chapter analyses the shortfalls of the SANDF, the prospects for reform and the implications of this capability crisis for South Africa's continental leadership ambitions.

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