• Events

    Book Discussion: Anatomy of Failure – Why America Loses Every War It Starts

    23 January 2018. 

    Tuesday 23 January, 10–11am EST
    IISS–Americas, Washington DC
    Dr Harlan Ullman, Senior Advisor, Atlantic Council; Distinguished Senior Fellow and Visiting Professor, US Naval War College
    Mark Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, IISS–Americas

  • Events

    Statesmen and sea power: challenges for 21st century maritime strategy

    22 January 2018. 

    Monday 22 January, 6-7pm GMT
    Arundel House, London
    Rear Admiral Chris Parry CBE PhD, Visiting Fellow, Churchill College
    Nick Childs, Senior Fellow for Naval Forces and Maritime Security, IISS

  • Strategic Comments

    The wider implications of Zapad 2017

    17 January 2018. 

    Russia's Zapad 2017 exercise, in which Russia defended Belarus against externally supported extremist groups, conveyed Russia's determination to re-establish its sphere of influence in the face of NATO’s perceived expansionism. NATO must not allow the fact that Zapad was less aggressive than some had feared to blunt its message of greater vigilance and preparedness, nor shake its firm commitment to eastern European allies.

  • IISS Voices

    Gulf security after 2020

    19 December 2017.  When UN Security Council Resolution 2231 – associated with the Iran nuclear deal – came into effect in late 2015, it included a clause preventing states from transferring conventional arms to Iran for five years. But what weapons would Iran buy, and how would they shape its military capabilities? A high-level group of experts examines the future of Gulf security after the moratorium on arms purchases expires.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Light of the Grain: illuminating Israel’s changing defence thinking

    11 December 2017.  Amid ongoing regional conflict, Israel’s largest military exercise in almost 20 years sheds light on its evolving perception of non-state threats on its northern borders.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Ground-launched cruise missiles: US moves closer to action over alleged Russian breach

    06 December 2017.  Ground-based intermediate nuclear-capable weapons could make an unwelcome return to Europe if a US–Russia treaty unravels.

  • Events

    Security and climate change in the Pacific: from Asia to the US

    28 November 2017. 

    Tuesday 28 November, 10–11.30am EST
    IISS–Americas, Washington DC
    John Conger, Senior Policy Advisor, The Center for Climate and Security (CCS)
    Shiloh Fetzek, Senior Fellow for International Affairs, CCS
    Brigadier General (Retd) Gerald Galloway, Member, Advisory Board, CCS
    Sherri Goodman, Senior Advisor for International Security, CCS
    Dr Marcus King, Member, Advisory Board, CCS
    Rear Admiral (Retd) Ann Phillips, Member, Advisory Board, CCS
    Mark Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, IISS–Americas

  • Military Balance Blog

    Amphibious futures: the UK controversy and beyond

    27 November 2017.  Potential scalebacks to the United Kingdom’s amphibious ambitions come amid a growth in countries investing heavily in amphibious assault ships.

  • Strategic Comments

    Strategic implications of the ambush in Niger

    22 November 2017. 

    The October jihadist ambush in Niger that left four American soldiers on a combined patrol with Nigerien forces dead has raised questions about the extent to which US military personnel should advise and assist local military operations overseas. It has also produced controversy about civil-military relations in the Trump administration. As a result, Congress's post-9/11 Authorization of the Use of Military Force, delegating broad powers to the president to initiate counter-terrorism efforts, may be curtailed.

  • Survival

    The End of Cyber Norms

    20 November 2017.  This summer, a nearly seven-year process to write the rules that should guide state activity in cyberspace came to a halt.

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