• Politics and Strategy

    When it comes to starting a nuclear war, size doesn't matter

    21 April 2017.  If threatened, nations with a smaller arsenal may be the most apt to use nuclear weapons.

  • IISS Voices

    Not all Chinese see THAAD missile system as immediate threat

    19 April 2017.  Chinese commentators have savaged the US deployment of the THAAD missile system to South Korea, arguing it could monitor Beijing's missile tests or even strike at the country. But dissenting voices say the risks have been overstated. Yumu Chen examines the claims underpinning their analysis.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Getting rid of Gainful: replacing the Soviet-era 2K12 missile system

    19 April 2017.  NATO’s Eastern Europe states continue to move to replace some of their remaining Soviet-era air-defence systems as it becomes increasingly more challenging and costly to maintain them.

  • Strategic Comments

    TLAMs in Syria

    12 April 2017. 

    The United States' Tomahawk cruise-missile strikes on the Syrian regime's Shayrat Air Base in retaliation for the regime's sarin attack are unlikely to advance peace in Syria. The regime and its main supporters, Russia and Iran, remain defiant, and the Trump administration appears inclined to frame the strikes as a relatively narrow deterrent against chemical weapons attacks and keep counter-terrorism its main priority in Syria for now.

  • IISS Voices

    Syria airstrikes: no sign US will escalate involvement

    07 April 2017.  President Trump has launched a dramatic attack on Shayrat airbase, but the American game plan for Syria is unclear. Emile Hokayem argues further airstrikes are unlikely to alter the military landscape, and could complicate the war on Islamic State.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Send Jared Kushner to Pyongyang

    06 April 2017.  Sending Jared Kushner to meet with North Korea’s recalcitrant leader Kim Jong-un could be a rare diplomatic game changer, argues Mark Fitzpatrick. As daunting as the prospects may be, diplomacy could be a crucial element in Donald Trump’s pressure policy.

  • IISS Voices

    Transformational leaders set to meet at US–China summit

    05 April 2017.  North Korea and bilateral trade ties are among the subjects likely to dominate discussions between Xi Jinping and Donald Trump when they meet for the first time this week. Here, Alex Neill examines what the summit could mean for the world’s most important bilateral relationship.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Testing times ahead with North Korea

    03 April 2017.  While predicting the behaviour of Pyongyang may be a fool’s errand, North Korea is presently on track to at least match 2016’s 24 ballistic-missile tests as it develops new systems and carries out assurance firings of already fielded types.

  • Politics and Strategy

    A lexicon for the North Korea nuclear issue

    30 March 2017.  Disarmament, arms control and non-proliferation have distinct meanings, as well as policy implications.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Slingshot redux: Russia's alleged ground-launched cruise missile

    27 March 2017.  Thirty years after what appears to be its direct predecessor was banned as a result of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, the United States claims that Russia has now deployed its first battalion of a ground-launched land-attack cruise missile (GLCM), breaching the three-decade old deal.

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