Yet more failed diplomacy in Libya? (IISS)

Renewed clashes in Libya have confirmed the intractable nature of the country’s conflict. Its unpredictability is not only challenging the feeble response of the international community, but also exposing its divisions, argue Amanda Lapo and Umberto Profazio.

The challenge of defending European airspace (IISS)

Europe is turning its attention to improving air defences in the face of ever more capable potential threats. Today, however, only a limited number of modern systems are in service or being developed to tackle such challenges, writes Michael Tong.

Michael Tong


Can there be any winners in the US­–China ‘tech war’? (IISS)

In the same week that the Trump administration signed a ceasefire agreement in its trade war with China, it intensified its major campaign against Huawei 5G, explains Greg Austin. Can the United States win this so-called ‘tech war’?

Greg Austin


Coercing Climate Change (IISS)

At the end of last month’s Group of 7 summit in Biarritz, hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron as fires raged in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil, Macron announced that G7 member nations had approved an £18 million aid package to combat the fires. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro minimised their impact and rejected the help, with US President Donald Trump’s support.

Bruce Gilley, David Kinsella

China’s changing response to militancy in Pakistan (IISS)

As China’s investments along the Belt and Road expand, its organisations and workers are increasingly vulnerable to security threats. While China is ratcheting up pressure on Pakistan to deal with militants, it is also taking measures to secure its own interests, writes Barbara Kelemen.

Barbara Kelemen

South Korea and Japan must break the cycle of hate and move on for the region’s good, as US power wanes (IISS)

Tokyo and Seoul have sought to resolve their latest dispute, but they need to address deep-rooted issues that threaten the strategic balance of the region. One side needs to show genuine contrition and the other side needs to forgive, writes William Choong.


William Choong

Houthi use of drones delivers potent message in Yemen War (IISS)

The Houthi movement, Ansar Allah, has made use of UAVs as a low-cost way to punish the Saudi-led coalition and inflict reputational and political damage. While the tactical advantage of using UAVs is limited, their symbolic value against the coalition and their territories is significant, writes Dhia Muhsin.

Dhia Muhsin


Hormuz Strait tensions highlight naval capability challenges (IISS)

Political pressure for a maritime-security response in the Strait of Hormuz is fueling debate in the United Kingdom over the size of the Royal Navy. This has shed light on the difficulty of responding to naval shortfalls and re-growing capabilities in the short term, Nick Childs explains.

Nick Childs


M60 Patton: ‘stopgap’ tank clocks up a half-century in service (IISS)

First produced 60 years ago to address improvements in Soviet tank design, the M60 Patton main battle tank remains in service with countries around the world. As a large international market for upgrades therefore remains, Michael Tong explores how Turkey and Jordan have attempted comprehensive upgrades to extend the life of the M60 Patton.

Michael Tong