• Expert Commentary

    Berlin Policy Journal: Braving Brexit

    08 July 2016.  By Sarah Raine, Consulting Senior Fellow for Geopolitics and Strategy Foreign policy received little play in the run-up to the Brexit vote. The final televised pre-referendum debate between three leading representatives from the Remain and Leave campaigns was supposed to discuss “Britain’s place in the world” as one of three main topics. Yet this was barely touched upon. There was no substantive discussion on the EU as a potential force for influence...

  • IISS Voices

    Ben Barry: Britain's Iraq Inquiry - an initial military assessment

    07 July 2016.  The long-awaited results of a seven-year inquiry into the UK's role in the Iraq War of 2003 have finally been published. Here, Ben Barry recalls his own experiences of assessing the British Army's efforts to stabilise the country after the conflict and how he came to similarly uncomfortable conclusions about the UK's failure to achieve its strategic objectives.

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter Three: The ruthless pragmatism of being selective and deceptive

    04 July 2016. 

    Judging which armed groups are truly abhorrent, and which could be tolerated under certain circumstances, is a matter of perspective. It is also a matter of policy choice. States may be willing to go to extraordinary lengths to be selective, and possibly deceptive, in order to work with some armed groups while fighting others. In Pakistan's confrontation with Islamist armed groups after 9/11, and Russia's conflicts in the North Caucasus, these states have made judgements about which armed groups to work with and which to fight.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Jonathan Stevenson: The Orlando massacre was less than, and more than, terrorism

    20 June 2016.  On 12 June, Omar Mateen – an Afghan-American Muslim born in the United States, who was on US law enforcement’s radar but not judged to warrant further investigation – slaughtered 49 people and wounded dozens more with a semi-automatic assault rifle and a nine-millimetre pistol at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Because he had posted jihadist threats on Facebook and called the police emergency number to proclaim his...

  • Events

    Brexit – The Strategic Implications

    13 June 2016. 

    Panel Discussion
    Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman, Emeritus Professor of War Studies, King's College London
    Professor Francois Heisbourg, Chairman of the Council, IISS
    Nigel Inkster, Director of Future Conflict and Cyber Security, IISS
    Arundel House, London
    Monday 13 June 2016, 10.30AM–12PM BST

  • Shangri-La Dialogue

    Identifying Common Security Interests in the Cyber-Domain

    04 June 2016. 

    IISS Shangri-La Dialogue 2016 Special Session Five
    Chair: Eneken Tikk-Ringas, Consulting Senior Fellow for Future Conflict and Cyber Security, IISS
    David Koh, Chief Executive, Cyber Security Agency; Deputy Secretary (Technology), Ministry of Defence, Singapore
    Santosh Jha, Joint Secretary, Policy Planning and Cyber, Ministry of External Affairs, India
    Qing Yu, Deputy Director-General, Bureau of Cybersecurity, Cyberspace Administration of China 
    Sean Kanuck, Former National Intelligence Officer for Cyber Issues, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, US   

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter 1: Evolution of the Chinese Internet: Freedom and Control

    23 May 2016. 

    China's prioritisation of content control came at the expense of network security, with the result that its online environment remained anarchic and lawless.

  • Adelphi Books


    23 May 2016. 

    The cyber domain is an increasingly critical factor in China’s pursuit of strength through modernisation, and of protection from perceived threats.

  • Adelphi Books


    23 May 2016. 

    China’s potential to shape the future of the global internet may be more significant than its alleged involvement in cyber commercial espionage.

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter 2: Cyber Espionage

    23 May 2016. 

    China has assimilated cyber capabilities in ways that make it a formidable actor among global intelligence powers.

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