Adelphi series

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.

  • Asia’s Power Dynamics: Military Change and its Geopolitical Effects book cover

    Asia’s Power Dynamics

    Military Change and its Geopolitical Effects

    By Desmond Ball, Raja C. Mohan, Tim Huxley, Adam Ward

    This Adelphi examines defence procurement in Asia against a backdrop of the region’s fragmented security infrastructure. The overlapping alliances, multilateral bodies and regional dialogues are ill-equipped to respond to the changing balance of power, since there is no unified forum through which…

    Paperback – 2018-10-30 
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  • Once and Future Partners: The US, Russia, and Nuclear Non-proliferation book cover

    Once and Future Partners

    The US, Russia, and Nuclear Non-proliferation

    Edited by William C. Potter, Sarah Bidgood

    Despite their Cold War rivalry, the United States and the Soviet Union frequently engaged in joint efforts to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons. Leaders in Washington and Moscow recognized that nuclear proliferation would serve neither country’s interests even when they did not see eye-to-eye…

    Paperback – 2018-07-27
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  • Africa’s Lost Leader: South Africa’s continental role since apartheid book cover

    Africa’s Lost Leader

    South Africa’s continental role since apartheid

    By James Hamill

    When Nelson Mandela was sworn in as president on 10 May 1994, South Africa enjoyed an unprecedented global standing. Much of the international community, particularly Western states, saw the new South Africa as well equipped to play a dynamic and dominant role on the continent; promoting conflict…

    Paperback – 2018-01-16
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  • Renewing America’s Nuclear Arsenal: Options for the 21st century book cover

    Renewing America’s Nuclear Arsenal

    Options for the 21st century

    By James E. Doyle

    In the next few years the US government will make decisions regarding the renewal of its triad of air-, land- and sea-based nuclear weapons that will have huge implications for the security of the country and its allies, its public finances, and the salience of nuclear weapons in global politics.…

    Paperback – 2017-10-23
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  • Everyone Loses: The Ukraine Crisis and the Ruinous Contest for Post-Soviet Eurasia book cover

    Everyone Loses

    The Ukraine Crisis and the Ruinous Contest for Post-Soviet Eurasia

    By Samuel Charap, Timothy J. Colton

    Disorder erupted in Ukraine in 2014, involving the overthrow of a sitting government, the Russian annexation of the Crimean peninsula, and a violent insurrection, supported by Moscow, in the east of the country. This Adelphi book argues that the crisis has yielded a ruinous outcome, in which all…

    Paperback – 2016-12-21
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  • Fighting and Negotiating with Armed Groups: The Difficulty of Securing Strategic Outcomes book cover

    Fighting and Negotiating with Armed Groups

    The Difficulty of Securing Strategic Outcomes

    By Samir Puri

    What constitutes an effective and realistic strategy for dealing with non-state armed groups? This question has bedevilled states the world over. From Colombia and FARC, Turkey and the PKK, the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and the persistent insurgency in Iraq – the governments concerned…

    Paperback – 2016-07-20
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  • Business and Conflict in Fragile States: The Case for Pragmatic Solutions book cover

    Business and Conflict in Fragile States

    The Case for Pragmatic Solutions

    By Brian Ganson, Achim Wennmann

    Large-scale investments in fragile states – in Latin America, Africa, the former Soviet Union and Asia – become magnets for conflict, which undermines business, development and security. International policy responds with regulation, state-building and institutional reform, with poor and often…

    Paperback – 2016-05-31
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  • China’s Cyber Power book cover

    China’s Cyber Power

    By Nigel Inkster

    China’s emergence as a major global power is reshaping the cyber domain. The country has the world’s largest internet-user community, a growing economic footprint and increasingly capable military and intelligence services. Harnessing these assets, it is pursuing a patient, assertive foreign policy…

    Paperback – 2016-05-06
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  • Asia's Latent Nuclear Powers: Japan, South Korea and Taiwan book cover

    Asia's Latent Nuclear Powers

    Japan, South Korea and Taiwan

    By Mark Fitzpatrick

    If the nuclear weapons club were to further expand, would America’s democratic allies in Northeast Asia be among the next entrants?  Japan, South Korea and Taiwan all have robust civilian nuclear energy programmes that make them ‘virtual nuclear powers’ according to many analysts. All three once…

    Paperback – 2016-02-03
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  • The Evolution of Strategic Thought: Classic Adelphi Papers book cover

    The Evolution of Strategic Thought

    Classic Adelphi Papers

    Edited by The International Institute for Strategic Studies

    The Adelphi Papers monograph series is the International Institute for Strategic Studies' principal contribution to policy-relevant, original academic research. Collected on the occasion of the Institute's 50th anniversary, the twelve Adelphi Papers in this volume represent some of the finest…

    Paperback – 2016-01-21
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  • Egypt after the Spring: Revolt and Reaction book cover

    Egypt after the Spring

    Revolt and Reaction

    Edited by Emile Hoyakem, Hebatalla Taha

    This edited Adelphi volume brings together senior scholars as well as rising analysts of Egypt to examine the turbulent period from the January 2011 uprising to the consolidation of power of President Abdelfattah el-Sisi in 2014-15. The nine authors provide a sober, in-depth look at the country’s…

    Paperback – 2016-01-13
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  • North Africa in Transition: The Struggle for Democracy and Institutions book cover

    North Africa in Transition

    The Struggle for Democracy and Institutions

    Edited by Ben Fishman

    This book is the first comprehensive examination of North Africa’s political, security, and economic developments since the 2011 Arab Uprisings shook the Middle East. North Africa in Transition examines how the people and governments of North Africa have responded to the Arab uprisings that shook…

    Paperback – 2015-11-18
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  • China's Strong Arm: Protecting Citizens and Assets Abroad book cover

    China's Strong Arm

    Protecting Citizens and Assets Abroad

    By Jonas Parello-Plesner, Mathieu Duchâtel

    China has long adhered to a principle of ‘non-interference’ in other states’ affairs. However, as more of its companies have been investing in projects overseas, and millions of its nationals are travelling abroad, Beijing is finding itself progressively involved in other countries – through the…

    Paperback – 2015-05-14
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  • Spoiler Groups and UN Peacekeeping book cover

    Spoiler Groups and UN Peacekeeping

    By Peter Nadin, Patrick Cammaert, Vesselin Popovski

    Armed groups are intrinsic to conflict. Pursuing myriad aims, they shape and are shaped by the conflict landscape. UN missions too inhabit this landscape. They too must decide how best to pursue their goals of supporting early peacebuilding and so-called stabilisation. This book argues that the UN…

    Paperback – 2015-03-03
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  • Power Shifts and New Blocs in the Global Trading System book cover

    Power Shifts and New Blocs in the Global Trading System

    By Sanjaya Baru

     As economic powers from the developing world, particularly China, have emerged in the past few decades, their weight has altered the balance in the global trading system. This has presented challenges in the World Trade Organisation (WTO), where the Doha Round of multilateral negotiations has…

    Paperback – 2015-03-03
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  • Paper Tigers: China’s Nuclear Posture book cover

    Paper Tigers

    China’s Nuclear Posture

    By Jeffrey G. Lewis

    China’s nuclear arsenal has long been an enigma. The arsenal has historically been small, based almost exclusively on land-based ballistic missiles, maintained at a low level of alert, and married to a no-first-use doctrine – all choices that would seem to invite attack in a crisis. Chinese leaders…

    Paperback – 2014-12-18
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  • The Ties that Divide: History, Honour and Territory in Sino-Japanese Relations book cover

    The Ties that Divide

    History, Honour and Territory in Sino-Japanese Relations

    By William Choong

    This book explores the historical relationship between China and Japan, and how this has exacerbated their dispute over the Senkaku/ Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea. There are three paradoxes in the bilateral relationship – complex interdependence does not preclude the possibility of open…

    Paperback – 2014-10-10
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  • Beyond Air–Sea Battle: The Debate Over US Military Strategy in Asia book cover

    Beyond Air–Sea Battle

    The Debate Over US Military Strategy in Asia

    By Aaron L. Friedberg

    This book presents the first comprehensive analysis of the debate over how the United States and its allies can counter China’s rapidly growing military power.…

    Paperback – 2014-05-08
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  • Overcoming Pakistan’s Nuclear Dangers book cover

    Overcoming Pakistan’s Nuclear Dangers

    By Mark Fitzpatrick

    Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal – the fastest growing in the world – raises concerns on many grounds. Although far from the scale of the Cold War, South Asia is experiencing a strategic arms race. And the more weapons there are, the more potential for theft, sabotage and nuclear terrorism. Worries that…

    Paperback – 2014-03-20
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  • Food Security in Asia: Challenges, Policies and Implications book cover

    Food Security in Asia

    Challenges, Policies and Implications

    By Monika Barthwal-Datta

    The spike in global food prices in 2007–08 not only led to riots on several continents; it also reawakened fears about the world’s future ability to feed itself, as growing populations place greater demands on agricultural systems operating in increasingly difficult environmental and climatic…

    Paperback – 2014-03-05
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  • Arctic Opening: Insecurity And Opportunity book cover

    Arctic Opening

    Insecurity And Opportunity

    By Christian LeMiere, Jeffrey Mazo

    The Arctic is opening. Global warming is leading to seasonal sea-ice retreat, which in turn opens hitherto impassable shipping routes and new areas for resource exploitation. Such changes are elevating the Arctic’s geostrategic value and stoking inter-state competition. The admission of five Asian…

    Paperback – 2014-01-14
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  • Middle Eastern Security, the US Pivot and the Rise of ISIS book cover

    Middle Eastern Security, the US Pivot and the Rise of ISIS

    Edited by Toby Dodge, Emile Hokayem

    To mark the tenth anniversary of The IISS Manama Dialogue process and to capitalise on the new light it has shed on security issues in the Gulf and the wider Middle East, this Adelphi brings together the results of two workshops held by the IISS in its Middle East office in Manama. Featuring essays…

    Paperback – 2014-01-09
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  • The Power of Currencies and Currencies of Power book cover

    The Power of Currencies and Currencies of Power

    By Alan Wheatley

    Today, a Great Power’s arsenal extends well beyond the military, embracing soft power and also currency power. The dollar dominates the global economy, used in settling trade and investment deals but also held in reserve in vast quantities by central banks in case of a payments crisis. This demand…

    Paperback – 2013-12-17
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  • Syria’s Uprising and the Fracturing of the Levant book cover

    Syria’s Uprising and the Fracturing of the Levant

    By Emile Hokayem

    As an upbeat and peaceful uprising quickly and brutally descended into a zero-sum civil war, Syria has crumbled from a regional player into an arena in which a multitude of local and foreign actors compete. The volatile regional fault lines that run through Syria have ruptured during this conflict,…

    Paperback – 2013-06-07
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  • Iraq – From War to a New Authoritarianism book cover

    Iraq – From War to a New Authoritarianism

    By Toby Dodge

    Iraq recovered its full sovereignty at the end of 2011, with the departure of all US military forces. The 2003 invasion was undertaken to dismantle a regime that had long threatened its own population and regional peace, as well as to establish a stable, democratic state in the heart of the Middle…

    Paperback – 2013-01-16
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  • Asia’s Naval Expansion: An Arms Race in the Making? book cover

    Asia’s Naval Expansion

    An Arms Race in the Making?

    By Geoffrey Till

    The navies of China, India and to a lesser extent Japan are expanding rapidly at present. This has the potential to alter the US-dominated naval balance in Asia-Pacific but it also raises a question: are the region’s powers involved in a naval arms race? Naval development is and always has been a…

    Paperback – 2012-12-07
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  • Weary Policeman: American Power in an Age of Austerity book cover

    Weary Policeman

    American Power in an Age of Austerity

    Edited by Dana Allin, Erik Jones

    As another presidential election looms, the America’s role in global affairs and security has emerged as one of the campaign’s great battle lines. The struggle not just to define but also to preserve American power is no modern phenomenon: questions of intervention and projection have dominated the…

    Paperback – 2012-06-27
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  • Latin America and the Illusion of Peace book cover

    Latin America and the Illusion of Peace

    By David R. Mares

    This book explores interstate conflict and its dynamics in the context of Latin America’s contemporary conflict management experience. The myth of Latin America as a region of peace means that each time the use of force rises to the level of global attention (e.g., Ecuador-Peru 1995 or…

    Paperback – 2012-05-07
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  • On Nuclear Deterrence: The Correspondence of Sir Michael Quinlan book cover

    On Nuclear Deterrence

    The Correspondence of Sir Michael Quinlan

    By Tanya Ogilvie-White

    This timely book, published in the lead up to the 2012-14 decision on Trident renewal, makes available for the first time the late Sir Michael Quinlan’s private correspondence on nuclear deterrence. It shows why Sir Michael, as Policy Director and then Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Defence…

    Paperback – 2012-04-27
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  • Drugs, Insecurity and Failed States: The Problems of Prohibition book cover

    Drugs, Insecurity and Failed States

    The Problems of Prohibition

    By Nigel Inkster, Virginia Comolli

    The world’s wealthiest nations have expended vast blood and treasure in tracking and capturing traffickers, dealers and consumers of narcotics, as well as destroying crops and confiscating shipments. Yet the global trade in illicit drugs is thriving, with no apparent change in the level of…

    Paperback – 2012-04-02
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  • Nuclear Politics and the Non-Aligned Movement: Principles vs Pragmatism book cover

    Nuclear Politics and the Non-Aligned Movement

    Principles vs Pragmatism

    By William Potter, Gaukhar Mukhatzhanova

    The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) is the largest and most diverse political grouping of states engaged on issues related to nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament. Drawing on the authors’ first-hand experiences as members of NAM observer-state delegations in NPT and IAEA negotiations, as well as…

    Paperback – 2012-02-22
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  • Afghanistan: to 2015 and Beyond book cover

    Afghanistan: to 2015 and Beyond

    Edited by Toby Dodge, Nicholas Redman

    As the international security forces prepare to depart from Afghanistan, this Adelphi turns attention to the ability of a ravaged country to tackle its myriad security problems, overcome crippling poverty and corruption and somehow revive its devastated economy. The government faces daunting…

    Paperback – 2011-12-20
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  • Cyberspace and the State: Towards a Strategy for Cyber-Power book cover

    Cyberspace and the State

    Towards a Strategy for Cyber-Power

    By David J. Betz, Tim Stevens

    The major aim of Cyberspace and the State is to provide conceptual orientation on the new strategic environment of the Information Age. It seeks to restore the equilibrium of policy-makers which has been disturbed by recent cyber scares, as well as to bring clarity to academic debate on the subject…

    Paperback – 2011-11-16
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  • Yemen and the Politics of Permanent Crisis book cover

    Yemen and the Politics of Permanent Crisis

    By Sarah Phillips

    The Middle East is in the midst of considerable and unpredictable changes, but deeply patrimonial political systems do not change overnight – and neither do the international and regional structures that have helped them to endure for so long. The informal rules that guide Yemeni society and its…

    Paperback – 2011-07-05
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  • No Exit: North Korea, Nuclear Weapons, and International Security book cover

    No Exit

    North Korea, Nuclear Weapons, and International Security

    By Jonathan D. Pollack

    This book chronicles the political-military development of the Korean Peninsula since 1945, with particular attention to North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear technology and nuclear weapons, and how it has shaped Northeast Asian security and non-proliferation policy and influenced the strategic choices…

    Paperback – 2011-05-17
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  • Trapped Giant: China's Military Rise book cover

    Trapped Giant

    China's Military Rise

    By Jonathan Holslag

    Emboldened by economic strength and growing military power, China is emerging as a challenger to US dominance in the Pacific. But its promised peaceful rise has done little to convince regional powers that it will not use force to press longstanding territorial claims or attempt sea-denial…

    Paperback – 2010-12-23
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  • Europe and Global Security book cover

    Europe and Global Security

    By Bastian Giegerich

    In the twenty-first century, the European Union is confronted by myriad security problems that demand concerted action and cooperation. As a negotiating power, it seeks to persuade Iran to forswear a nuclear weapons programme. As a crisis manager it seeks to contribute to global peace and stability…

    Paperback – 2010-11-24
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  • Ending Wars, Consolidating Peace: Economic Perspectives book cover

    Ending Wars, Consolidating Peace

    Economic Perspectives

    By Mats Berdal, Achim Wennmann

    The transition from war to peace is fraught with tension and the risk of a return to bloodshed. With so much at stake, it is crucial that the international community and local stakeholders make sense of the complex mosaic of challenges, to support a lasting, inclusive and prosperous peace. Recent…

    Paperback – 2010-09-01
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  • Sanctions as Grand Strategy book cover

    Sanctions as Grand Strategy

    By Brendan Taylor

    Economic sanctions are becoming increasingly central to shaping strategic outcomes in the twenty-first century. They afford great powers a means by which to seek to influence the behaviour of states, to demonstrate international leadership and to express common values for the benefit of the…

    Paperback – 2010-05-06
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  • Towards Nuclear Zero book cover

    Towards Nuclear Zero

    By Raimo Väyrynen, David Cortright

    Rarely in the atomic age have hopes been raised as high as they are now for genuine progress toward disarmament. The new receptivity reflected in the policy declarations of many governments was sparked by a wave of private initiatives led by former senior policy leaders in many countries. This…

    Paperback – 2010-04-28
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  • Climate Conflict: How Global Warming Threatens Security and What to Do about It book cover

    Climate Conflict

    How Global Warming Threatens Security and What to Do about It

    By Jeffrey Mazo

    Climate change has been a key factor in the rise and fall of societies and states from prehistory to the recent fighting in the Sudanese state of Darfur. It drives instability, conflict and collapse, but also expansion and reorganisation. The ways cultures have met the climate challenge provide…

    Paperback – 2010-03-22
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  • Building Asia’s Security book cover

    Building Asia’s Security

    By Nick Bisley

    This book provides a systematic analysis of the current state and future trajectory of security cooperation in the world’s most economically dynamic and strategically uncertain region. It explains the rapid rise of a complex array of security mechanisms in Asia and argues that their limited…

    Paperback – 2010-01-07
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  • Building Peace After War book cover

    Building Peace After War

    By Mats Berdal

    The widespread practice of intervention by outside actors aimed at building ‘sustainable peace’ within societies ravaged by war has been a striking feature of the post-Cold War era. But, at a time when more peacekeepers are deployed around the world than at any other point in history, is the…

    Paperback – 2009-10-08
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  • Transforming Pakistan: Ways Out of Instability book cover

    Transforming Pakistan

    Ways Out of Instability

    By Hilary Synnott

    This book argues that any strategy for dealing with Pakistan requires an understanding of the country’s complex and turbulent history and of the weaknesses of its political and other institutions. It describes how, in the absence of an inherent national identity, successive military and civilian…

    Paperback – 2009-08-17
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  • China's African Challenges book cover

    China's African Challenges

    By Sarah Raine

    China’s relations with African nations have changed dramatically over the past decade. African oil now accounts for more than 30% of China’s oil imports, and China is Africa’s second-largest single-country trading partner, as well as a leading lender and infrastructure investor on the continent.…

    Paperback – 2009-05-18
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  • Japan's Remilitarisation book cover

    Japan's Remilitarisation

    By Christopher W. Hughes

    Is Japan on a path towards assuming a greater military role internationally, or has the recent military normalisation ground to a halt since the premiership of Junichiro Koizumi? In this book, Christopher W. Hughes assesses developments in defence expenditure, civil–military relations, domestic and…

    Paperback – 2009-04-17
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  • Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency book cover

    Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency

    By Ahmed S. Hashim

    From 2003 to 2008, the Sunni Arab insurgency in Iraq posed a key challenge to political stability in the country and to Coalition objectives there. This paper explains the onset, composition and evolution of this insurgency. It begins by addressing both its immediate and deeper sociopolitical…

    Paperback – 2009-02-20
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  • European Military Crisis Management: Connecting Ambition and Reality book cover

    European Military Crisis Management

    Connecting Ambition and Reality

    By Bastian Giegerich

    International demand for military crisis-management missions continues to grow and demand for troops continues to outstrip supply. Like other Western democracies, European Union member states, because of their wealth, relative military competence and commitment to human rights, bear a particular…

    Paperback – 2009-02-06
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  • Joining al-Qaeda: Jihadist Recruitment in Europe book cover

    Joining al-Qaeda

    Jihadist Recruitment in Europe

    By Peter R. Neumann

    In Britain alone, several thousand young Muslims are thought to be part of violent extremist networks. How did they become involved? What are the mechanisms and dynamics through which European Muslims join al-Qaeda and groups inspired by al-Qaeda? This paper explains the processes whereby European…

    Paperback – 2009-02-01
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  • Perspectives on International Security: Speeches and Papers for the 50th Anniversary Year of the International Institute for Strategic Studies book cover

    Perspectives on International Security

    Speeches and Papers for the 50th Anniversary Year of the International Institute for Strategic Studies

    Edited by Alexander Nicoll, Tim Huxley

    Like most years in the 50-year history of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), 2008 saw events that could have significant consequences for international relations and global balances of power. These included the election of Barack Obama as US president; the brief war in…

    Paperback – 2009-02-01
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