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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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South Africa's Post Apartheid Foreign Policy From Reconciliation to Revival?

South Africa's Post Apartheid Foreign Policy: From Reconciliation to Revival?

1st Edition

By Chris Alden
January 26, 2006

The book presents and analyses South African foreign policy, from the onset of the democratic transition of Nelson Mandela in 1994 to the contemporary period. The focus of the study is on the question of South African leadership in the context of this transition....

Fighting and Negotiating with Armed Groups The Difficulty of Securing Strategic Outcomes

Fighting and Negotiating with Armed Groups: The Difficulty of Securing Strategic Outcomes

1st Edition

By Samir Puri
January 11, 2019

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 ...

Business and Conflict in Fragile States The Case for Pragmatic Solutions

Business and Conflict in Fragile States: The Case for Pragmatic Solutions

1st Edition

By Brian Ganson, Achim Wennmann
June 01, 2016

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 ...

North Africa in Transition The Struggle for Democracy and Institutions

North Africa in Transition: The Struggle for Democracy and Institutions

1st Edition

Edited By Ben Fishman
November 18, 2015

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 ...

Harsh Lessons Iraq, Afghanistan and the Changing Character of War

Harsh Lessons: Iraq, Afghanistan and the Changing Character of War

1st Edition

By Ben Barry
February 06, 2017

The recent Afghanistan and Iraq wars were very controversial. The conflicts’ casualties, intractability and the apparent failure of the US and its allies to achieve their objectives mean that many see the wars as failures. This resulted in a loss of confidence in the West of the utility of force as...

China’s Cyber Power

China’s Cyber Power

1st Edition

By Nigel Inkster
May 06, 2016

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...

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

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

1st Edition

By Samuel Charap, Timothy J. Colton
January 12, 2017

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 ...

Once and Future Partners The US, Russia, and Nuclear Non-proliferation

Once and Future Partners: The US, Russia, and Nuclear Non-proliferation

1st Edition

Edited By William C. Potter, Sarah Bidgood
August 16, 2018

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 ...

Renewing America’s Nuclear Arsenal Options for the 21st century

Renewing America’s Nuclear Arsenal: Options for the 21st century

1st Edition

By James E. Doyle
October 30, 2017

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. ...

Egypt after the Spring Revolt and Reaction

Egypt after the Spring: Revolt and Reaction

1st Edition

Edited By Emile Hoyakem, Hebatalla Taha
January 08, 2018

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...

Asia's Latent Nuclear Powers Japan, South Korea and Taiwan

Asia's Latent Nuclear Powers: Japan, South Korea and Taiwan

1st Edition

By Mark Fitzpatrick
February 03, 2016

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 ...

Regional Disorder The South China Sea Disputes

Regional Disorder: The South China Sea Disputes

1st Edition

By Sarah Raine
May 07, 2013

China‘s rise casts a vast and uncertain shadow over the regional balance of power in the Asia Pacific, and nowhere is this clearer than in the South China Sea. The significance of the fraught territorial disputes in this potentially resource-rich sea extends far beyond the small groupings of ...

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