Britain’s role in a post-Brexit world (IISS)

United Kingdom Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt delivered the 34th IISS Fullerton Lecture in Singapore reflecting on Britain’s relationship with its allies after Brexit. As the UK prepares to leave the European Union, Mr Hunt said the example of Singapore had much to offer the UK. ‘Britain can draw encouragement from how Singapore’s separation from the Peninsula did not make it more insular but more open.’ Looking ahead to the New Year, Mr Hunt said there was plenty of evidence to suggest that the so-called rules-based international order is under threat, and that democracy is in retreat.

China’s naval shipbuilding: delivering on its ambition in a big way (Nick Childs, IISS)

China’s recent fleet review showcased the country’s impressive and accelerating naval shipbuilding output. In the last four years, China has launched naval vessels equivalent to or greater than the total fleet tonnages of many of the world’s major established naval powers.

Italy: renewed focus on overseas deployments by IISS

The Italian military is taking on a greater role in Africa, while reducing its presence in Asia and the Middle East.

By Amanda Lapo, Research Analyst, Defence and Military Analysis Programme

Mega dam on the Nile shifts regional dynamics by IISS

Leaders in Addis Ababa hope the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam can transform the country’s fortunes. But the project has caused alarm downriver.

By Caitlin Vito, Coordinator for the Deputy Director-General’s Office