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

Finding evidence of undeclared past nuclear activity in Iran shows the IAEA process is working (IISS)

With the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) having recently concluded that traces of undeclared radioactive material were indeed found at a warehouse in Tehran, Mark Fitzpatrick argues the IAEA investigative process is working. A cooperative approach is the best way to provide for the greater access to suspect sites in Iran the IAEA needs if it is to resolve the issue.



Mark Fitzpatrick

US Navy’s new ‘cruiser’: changing the game? (IISS)

In the new, more contested maritime domain, the United States Navy has hinted that the new design of its future Large Surface Combatant will resemble the Zumwalt-class large destroyers. But given technology trends, the US Navy may end up looking for a different balance of platforms to sustain current capabilities, Nick Childs argues.


Nick Childs


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