• Adelphi Books

    Chapter Five: The lopsided strategies of very weak or very strong states

    04 July 2016. 

    To be credible, threats against armed groups need to be followed through, or else they are just empty words. If a state is especially weak relative to an armed group, or especially strong, this will influence how it weighs the options of force and accommodation. An especially weak state may have little choice but to cede ground to the armed groups it faces. Conversely, an especially strong state may see little worth in pursuing accommodation. This chapter examines, in Israel, an example of strategy that has been forged in strength; and another, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, of strategy forged in weakness.

  • Strategic Comments

    Colombia: the fraught end of a long war

    29 June 2016. 

    The ceasefire announced last week between the Colombian government and the FARC, ending 50 years of destructive war, will be followed soon by a final accord and a plebiscite, which is likely to ratify the accord. While these developments are welcome, the Colombian people remain resentful of the FARC's legitimisation and sceptical about the accord's sustainability. Implementation will be a stiff and ongoing challenge.

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter 4: Battle for the Soul of the Internet

    23 May 2016. 

    China’s growing global power increases the likelihood that its values will acquire greater normative effect, and that those who oppose them will be subjected to coercion.

  • 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.

  • IISS Voices

    Chris Raggett: Corruption, security and the UK

    11 May 2016.  On 12 May, the UK government will host an anti-corruption summit in London. With the leaders of Afghanistan, Colombia and Nigeria set to attend, Chris Raggett asks whether this 'coalition of the willing' will mark a change from the slow progress to date.

  • Events

    The Global Governance Crisis and the Role of the UN

    27 April 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Michael Møller, Director-General, United Nations Office, Geneva
    Arundel House, London
    Wednesday 27 April 2016, 12.30-1.30pm BST

  • Events

    IISS Workshop - Lessons Learned From the Work of the UN Panel of Experts on Iran

    22 April 2016. 

    IISS Workshop
    New York, United States
    22 April 2016

  • Events

    The Global Goals – A Roadmap to a Sustainable, Fair and More Peaceful Future

    13 April 2016. 

    IISS Fullerton Lecture
    Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway
    Fullerton Hotel, Singapore
    Wednesday 13 April 2016, 5–6pm SGT

  • Events

    IISS Survival Seminar: The Coming Illiberal Order

    29 March 2016. 

    Survival Seminar
    Dr Michael Boyle, Associate Professor, La Salle University
    Dr Dana Allin, Senior Fellow for US Foreign Policy and Transatlantic Affairs, IISS
    IISS–Americas, Washington DC
    Tuesday 29 March, 10–11am EDT

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