• 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.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Xi looks to China's private sector as he pursues a slimmer, smarter PLA

    23 February 2018.  China’s ‘civil–military integration’ policy is intended to inject more innovation into the country’s defence industry, at a time when defence spending is under pressure to be more efficient.

  • Expert Commentary

    China’s military power is growing faster than you think

    21 February 2018.  The west’s superiority is increasingly under threat on land and sea – and in cyberspace.

  • 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 Trump administration’s Nuclear Posture Review

    21 February 2018. 

    The Trump administration's Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) apprehends a hostile world due to ‘rapid deterioration of the threat environment since the 2010 NPR’. The new NPR downplays arms control and calls for the modernisation of US nuclear-weapons systems and facilities, as well as expanded nuclear options. The latter would most controversially include low-yield nuclear weapons, which could lower the nuclear threshold.

  • Military Balance Blog

    It’s not your father’s PLAAF: China’s push to develop domestic air-to-air missiles

    21 February 2018.  Beijing’s advances in developing combat aircraft armed with air-to-air missiles have narrowed the gap between Chinese and US capabilities.

  • Politics and Strategy

    What Donald Trump can learn from Napoleon III

    19 February 2018.  For the United States to avoid the fate of France at Sedan, the Trump administration needs clear goals, disciplined policy implementation, an appreciation of US alliances and a much deeper investment in diplomacy.

  • IISS Voices

    China’s radar installations in the Spratly Islands – what do they tell us about its ambitions for the South China Sea?

    19 February 2018.  China’s land reclamation activities in the South China Sea are currently focused on the installation of military infrastructure on its new islands. It has long been known that these new developments include runways, port facilities and military defences, however, in a significant boost to China’s surveillance and intelligence capabilities, as well as its power-projection efforts, new imagery indicates that they also feature a sprawling new network of radars of varying...

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