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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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Cyberspace and the State Towards a Strategy for Cyber-Power

Cyberspace and the State: Towards a Strategy for Cyber-Power

1st Edition

By David J. Betz, Tim Stevens
January 26, 2012

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...

On Nuclear Deterrence The Correspondence of Sir Michael Quinlan

On Nuclear Deterrence: The Correspondence of Sir Michael Quinlan

1st Edition

By Tanya Ogilvie-White
October 20, 2011

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...

Yemen and the Politics of Permanent Crisis

Yemen and the Politics of Permanent Crisis

1st Edition

By Sarah Phillips
July 06, 2011

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 ...

No Exit North Korea, Nuclear Weapons, and International Security

No Exit: North Korea, Nuclear Weapons, and International Security

1st Edition

By Jonathan D. Pollack
May 17, 2011

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 ...

Deterrence During Disarmament Deep Nuclear Reductions and International Security

Deterrence During Disarmament: Deep Nuclear Reductions and International Security

1st Edition

By James Acton
April 13, 2011

There is a broad sense in both Russia and the United States that deep nuclear reductions—a goal endorsed by both governments—would constitute a risky step into the unknown and could undermine international security. However, until now, the reasons behind these concerns—and whether they are ...

Europe and Global Security

Europe and Global Security

1st Edition

By Bastian Giegerich
April 07, 2011

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...

Trapped Giant China's Military Rise

Trapped Giant: China's Military Rise

1st Edition

By Jonathan Holslag
April 07, 2011

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 ...

Climate Conflict How Global Warming Threatens Security and What to Do about It

Climate Conflict: How Global Warming Threatens Security and What to Do about It

1st Edition

By Jeffrey Mazo
May 12, 2010

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 ...

Building Asia’s Security

Building Asia’s Security

1st Edition

By Nick Bisley
February 19, 2010

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 ...

Building Peace After War

Building Peace After War

1st Edition

By Mats Berdal
October 26, 2009

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 ...

Japan's Remilitarisation

Japan's Remilitarisation

1st Edition

By Christopher W. Hughes
June 24, 2009

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...

European Military Crisis Management Connecting Ambition and Reality

European Military Crisis Management: Connecting Ambition and Reality

1st Edition

By Bastian Giegerich
February 06, 2009

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 ...

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