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

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.