• Events

    Europe at Sea

    14 March 2018. 

    Wednesday 14 March, 5.30–7pm GMT
    Arundel House, London
    Annalisa Piras, filmmaker; Director, Springshot Productions
    Sophia Besch, Research Fellow, Centre for European Reform 
    Jessica Hagen-Zanker, Research Fellow, Overseas Development Institute
    Steve Valdez-Symonds, Refugee and Migrant Rights Programme Director, Amnesty International UK
    Virginia Comolli, Senior Fellow for Security and Development, IISS

  • IISS Voices

    Women soldiers – another milestone for Saudi Arabia

    06 March 2018.  The latest in a series of government reforms will allow women to serve as soldiers in Saudi Arabia’s internal security forces for the first time. Can such moves inspire a nationwide change in gender perceptions? Talal Alfayez and Sara Almohamadi explore the shifting dynamics of a predominantly conservative society.

  • Events

    Armed conflict in cities: humanitarian implications and responses

    28 November 2017. 

    Tuesday 28 November–Wednesday 29 November
    Humanitarium, Geneva

    Speakers included:
    Ben Barry, Senior Fellow for Land Warfare, IISS
    Virginia Comolli, Senior Fellow for Security and Development, IISS
    Bastian Giegerich, Director of Defence and Military Analysis, IISS
    Antonio Sampaio, Research Associate for Security and Development, IISS

  • Events

    The evolution of autocracy

    01 November 2017. 

    Wednesday 1 November 12.30–1.30pm EDT
    IISS–Americas, Washington DC
    Dr Andrea Kendall-Taylor, Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Russia and Eurasia, National Intelligence Council
    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.

  • 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

  • Politics and Strategy

    Trump’s travel ban: clumsy, ineffective and wrong

    18 October 2017.  The latest version of US President Donald Trump’s travel ban is as factually baseless and counterproductive as its predecessors.

  • Survival


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

  • IISS Voices

    Qatar dispute exposes regional food-security failures

    21 August 2017.  Recent acts of solidarity by Turkey and Iran to help Qatar feed its population are important reminders of just how dependent regional states are on food imports. As Sara Fouad Almohamadi explains, the current Gulf dispute has exposed the shortcomings of national food-security policies.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Divide and rule: Maduro’s relationship with Venezuela’s armed forces

    08 August 2017.  The July election in Venezuela was marked by violent clashes and casualties. Amid the current climate of political turmoil, support from the armed forces is crucial to President Maduro’s political survival, says Amanda Lapo.

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