• Military Balance Blog

    War in Yemen: European divisions on arms-export controls

    20 March 2018.  As arms exports to parties in the war in Yemen such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates come under increasing criticism, some European countries are set to fully or partially halt such sales. This creates an increasing divergence in European arms export control policies, at a time when states are looking to deepen defence armament cooperation.

  • Strategic Comments

    Merkel 4.0: not so different after all

    14 March 2018. 

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel will lead a new coalition government that has diluted her power and produced low expectations, amid considerable domestic uncertainty and foreign policy challenges. But Merkel’s instincts for caution, control and compromise will likely continue to make Germany a crucial stabilising force in Europe and a key player in determining the future of the European Union.

  • Events

    Pakistan–US relations: new challenges and prospects

    13 March 2018. 

    Tuesday 13 March, 9.30–10.30am GMT
    Arundel House, London
    Ambassador Jalil Abbas Jilani, former foreign secretary; former ambassador to the United States, Pakistan
    Rahul Roy-Chaudhury, Senior Fellow for South Asia, IISS

  • Expert Commentary

    Is NATO’s two percent target fit for purpose?

    06 March 2018.  NATO’s two percent target on defence spending only provides a limited view of countries’ defence capabilities. Lucie Béraud-Sudreau and Bastian Giegerich welcome recent commitments by European states to spend smarter.

  • IISS Voices

    France and India: a réunion in the Indian Ocean?

    02 March 2018.  France’s decades-long partnership with India in the Indian Ocean is set to culminate in an important defence logistics agreement that will strengthen both navies.

  • Events

    The Military Balance 2018

    21 February 2018. 

    Wednesday 21 February, 10–11.30am EST
    IISS–Americas, Washington DC
    Dr Kori Schake, Deputy Director-General, IISS
    Dr Bastian Giegerich, Director of Defence and Military Analysis, IISS
    James Hackett, Editor of The Military Balance; Senior Fellow for Defence and Military Analysis, IISS
    Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace, IISS
    Nick Childs, Senior Fellow for Naval Forces and Maritime Security, IISS

  • Strategic Comments

    The Russian–Turkish rapprochement

    15 February 2018. 

    Relations between Russia and Turkey have recently swung from comprehensive discord to wide-ranging cooperation, spanning the energy, economic, military and diplomatic spheres. But their rapprochement remains far from a strategic partnership, defined more by tensions and uncertainties than by clearly shared national interests. The pendulum could swing back again.

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 10: Country comparisons and defence data

    14 February 2018. 

    Selected exercises: Europe 2016-17
    Selected exercises: Russia and Eurasia 2016-17
    International comparisons of defence expenditure and military personnel

  • Events

    Launch of The Military Balance 2018

    14 February 2018. 

    Wednesday 14 February 2018, 9–10am GMT
    Arundel House, London
    Dr John Chipman, Director-General and Chief Executive, IISS

  • Events

    The UK’s contribution to European security and defence

    12 February 2018. 

    Monday 12 February, 1.30–3pm GMT
    Arundel House, London
    Dr Bastian Giegerich, Director of Defence and Military Analysis, IISS
    Dr Christian Mölling, Research Director, German Council on Foreign Relations
    Brigadier (Retd) Ben Barry, Senior Fellow for Land Warfare, IISS

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