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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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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, ...

Protecting Critical Infrastructures Against Cyber-Attack

Protecting Critical Infrastructures Against Cyber-Attack

1st Edition

By Stephen Lukasik
September 30, 2003

The threat that is posed by "cyber-warriors" is illustrated by recent incidents such as the Year 2000 "Millennium Bug". Strategies to reduce the risk that cyber-attack poses, at both individual and national level, are described and compared with the actions being taken by a number of Western ...

The Revolution in Strategic Affairs

The Revolution in Strategic Affairs

1st Edition

By Lawrence Freedman
October 28, 2020

Rapid developments in information technology and precision weaponry are said to herald a 'revolution in military affairs' (RMA), making possible quick and decisive victories with minimal casualties and collateral damage. But has such a revolution taken place? The issues that drive conflict will ...

Arming East Russia

Arming East Russia

1st Edition

By Tim Huxley, Susan Willett
July 27, 2005

During the 1990s, military spending, arms procurement and defence industrialisation have all increased rapidly in East Asia. Although these developments do not constitute an arms race, they nevertheless have important implications for suppliers of defence equipment, for arms control and for ...

French Arms Exports The Business of Sovereignty

French Arms Exports: The Business of Sovereignty

1st Edition

By Lucie Béraud-Sudreau
March 26, 2020

Ever since the establishment of the Fifth Republic in 1958, France has believed its strategic independence to be predicated on self-sufficiency in modern weapons. In order to maintain the requisite defence-industrial base, in the context of limited domestic orders, successive governments have ...

A Historical Sensibility Sir Michael Howard and The International Institute for Strategic Studies, 1958–2019

A Historical Sensibility: Sir Michael Howard and The International Institute for Strategic Studies, 1958–2019

1st Edition

By Michael Howard, Benjamin Rhode
February 17, 2020

With the death of Professor Sir Michael Howard, The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) lost not only its president emeritus but the last of its founders and intellectual parents. The foremost military historian of his generation, Sir Michael embodied and epitomised a historical ...

Weapons of Mass Destruction and International Order

Weapons of Mass Destruction and International Order

1st Edition

By William Walker
March 08, 2005

First Published in 2005. How should the 'problem of order' associated with weapons of mass destrcution be understood and addressed today?  Have the problem and its solution been misconceived and misrepresented, as manifested by the problematic aftermath of Iraq War?  Has 9/11 rendered ...

Africa's Lost Leader South Africa's continental role since apartheid

Africa's Lost Leader: South Africa's continental role since apartheid

1st Edition

By James Hamill
January 16, 2018

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 ...

Europe's Strategic Future From Crisis to Coherence?

Europe's Strategic Future: From Crisis to Coherence?

1st Edition

By Sarah Raine
June 05, 2019

Europe has suffered a decade of crises, with sovereign-debt troubles leading to austerity policies that exacerbated divisions inside member states and between them. Thereafter the Union was confronted with the challenges posed by a revanchist Russia in Ukraine and by a surge in migration from the ...

Uncertain Future The JCPOA and Iran’s Nuclear and Missile Programmes

Uncertain Future: The JCPOA and Iran’s Nuclear and Missile Programmes

1st Edition

By Mark Fitzpatrick, Michael Elleman, Paulina Izewicz
January 17, 2019

In July 2015, eight parties – France, Germany and the United Kingdom, together with the European Union and China, Russia and the United States on the one side, and Iran on the other – adopted the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), better known as the Iran nuclear deal. Under the agreement,...

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