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The Adelphi series is The International Institute for Strategic Studies' flagship contribution to policy-relevant, original academic research.

Six books are published each year. They provide rigorous analysis of contemporary strategic and defence topics that is useful to politicians and diplomats, as well as academic researchers, foreign-affairs analysts, defence commentators and journalists.

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The Responsibility to Defend Rethinking Germany's Strategic Culture

The Responsibility to Defend: Rethinking Germany's Strategic Culture

1st Edition

By Bastian Giegerich, Maximilian Terhalle
June 09, 2021

The rise or resurgence of revisionist, repressive and authoritarian powers threatens the Western, US-led international order upon which Germany’s post-war security and prosperity were founded. With Washington increasingly focused on China’s rise in Asia, Europe must be able to defend itself against...

Border Security in the Balkans Europe Gatekeepers

Border Security in the Balkans: Europe Gatekeepers

1st Edition

By Alice Hills
March 09, 2005

Borders dominate the security agenda in South-east Europe. Political and ethnic discontents focus on disputed borders, while traffickers in migrants and drugs ignore them.The EU argues that the Balkan countries should develop models of border management using its policing standards, but the region ...

Human Rights and Counter-terrorism in America's Asia Policy

Human Rights and Counter-terrorism in America's Asia Policy

1st Edition

By Rosemary Foot
March 31, 2004

This book examines the effects of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington of 11 September 2001 on America's human rights and counter-terrorism policies towards a number of countries in Asia. Five countries have been chosen for examination, divided into two front-lines states (Pakistan and ...

Private Armies and Military Intervention

Private Armies and Military Intervention

1st Edition

By David Shearer
April 30, 1998

The nature and role of paid foreign forces have altered considerably in the late twentieth century. ‘Military companies’ – private firms providing active military assistance, in some cases involving combat – have exploited the increasing reluctance of Western governments and multilateral ...

Revitalising US-Russian Security Cooperation Practical Measures

Revitalising US-Russian Security Cooperation: Practical Measures

1st Edition

By Richard Weitz
March 17, 2006

Russia and the United States are the most important countries for many vital security issues. They possess the world’s largest nuclear weapons arsenals, are involved in the principal regional conflicts, and have lead roles in opposing international terrorism and weapons proliferation. Despite ...

Strategic Implications of HIV/AIDS

Strategic Implications of HIV/AIDS

1st Edition

By Stefan Elbe
August 30, 2003

Provides an overview of the evolution of political Islam in South-east Asia.  Analyses the sources of relgious radicalism and assesses the regional terrorist and radical networks. Describes how secular democratic institutions can be strengthened, and how moderate and tolerant tendencies can be...

The Causes and Consequences of South Asia's Nuclear Tests

The Causes and Consequences of South Asia's Nuclear Tests

1st Edition

By Hilary Synnott
December 31, 1999

Why did India and Pakistan carry out nuclear tests in 1998 and what are the consequences of their actions? This paper examines the complex domestic and international factors that persuaded each country to drop its long-standing nuclear ambiguity. It also unravels the repercussions of the tests, ...

The Prospects for North Korea Survival

The Prospects for North Korea Survival

1st Edition

By David Reese
January 31, 1999

North Korea’s economic and security policies imperil both itself and its neighbours. The economy has been contracting for almost a decade, and the regime appears unwilling or unable to arrest the decline. Instead, Pyongyang has resorted to begging for international aid. This approach alone cannot ...

The Transatlantic Allies and the Changing Middle East

The Transatlantic Allies and the Changing Middle East

1st Edition

By Philip H Gordon
December 30, 1998

Since the mid-1990s, US and European attitudes, strategies and policies towards the Middle East have diverged. In the Middle East peace process, Europeans have grown frustrated with the lack of progress and with Washington’s near-monopoly on diplomatic action, and have begun to demand a greater ...

Towards a Russia of the Regions

Towards a Russia of the Regions

1st Edition

By Martin Nicholson
September 28, 1999

Russia's state system has changed significantly since 1991, but the question of how the country should be governed has not been answered. Russia's constitutional framework is weak and inherently flawed, and the balance of political and economic power between the centre and the regions is ...

Counter-terrorism Containment and Beyond

Counter-terrorism: Containment and Beyond

1st Edition

By Jonathan Stevenson
January 01, 2005

The 9/11 attacks revealed that the transnational terrorist threat facing the US and its partners was far more dangerous than most had previously discerned. It was now clear that al-Qaeda intended to, and could threaten the West’s – particularly the US’ – political and military leverage, with the ...

Nuclear Terrorism after 9/11

Nuclear Terrorism after 9/11

1st Edition

By Robin M. Frost
March 16, 2006

The very mention of nuclear terrorism is enough to rouse strong reactions, and understandably so, because it combines the most terrifying weapons and the most threatening of people in a single phrase. The possibility that terrorists could obtain and use nuclear weapons deserves careful analysis, ...

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