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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 Role of the G8 in International Peace and Security

The Role of the G8 in International Peace and Security

1st Edition

By Risto Penttilä
July 30, 2003

This Adelphi Paper is the first concise yet comprehensive analysis of the role of the G8 in international peace and security. It argues that the G7/8 has a long and impressive history in the field of international security. The G7/8 has, for example, spearheaded the introduction of "low politics" ...

The Strategic Implications of China's Energy Needs

The Strategic Implications of China's Energy Needs

1st Edition

By Philip Andrews-Speed, Xuanli Liao, Roland Dannreuther
August 31, 2002

China is frequently described as a threat to regional and global stability and its rapidly rising demand for imported energy is seens as one cause of this threat.  This book shows that domestic politics and foreign policy have both played a part in China's recent major energy policy decisions....

The Evolution of Strategic Thought Classic Adelphi Papers

The Evolution of Strategic Thought: Classic Adelphi Papers

1st Edition

Edited By The International Institute for Strategic Studies
January 20, 2016

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 ...

The Ties that Divide History, Honour and Territory in Sino-Japanese Relations

The Ties that Divide: History, Honour and Territory in Sino-Japanese Relations

1st Edition

By William Choong
August 13, 2015

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 ...

China's Strong Arm Protecting Citizens and Assets Abroad

China's Strong Arm: Protecting Citizens and Assets Abroad

1st Edition

By Jonas Parello-Plesner, Mathieu Duchâtel
June 11, 2015

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 ...

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

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

1st Edition

Edited By Toby Dodge, Emile Hokayem
May 20, 2015

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...

Power Shifts and New Blocs in the Global Trading System

Power Shifts and New Blocs in the Global Trading System

1st Edition

By Sanjaya Baru
March 03, 2015

 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...

Spoiler Groups and UN Peacekeeping

Spoiler Groups and UN Peacekeeping

1st Edition

By Peter Nadin, Patrick Cammaert, Vesselin Popovski
March 03, 2015

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 ...

Paper Tigers China’s Nuclear Posture

Paper Tigers: China’s Nuclear Posture

1st Edition

By Jeffrey G. Lewis
December 23, 2014

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...

A New Trusteeship? The International Administration of War-torn Territories

A New Trusteeship?: The International Administration of War-torn Territories

1st Edition

By Richard Caplan
August 31, 2001

This paper analyses and assesses the effectiveness of international administrations of war-torn territories and discusses the key issues - strategic, political, and economic - that arise in the context of these experiences.  It reflects on the policy implications of these experiences and ...

Globalisation and Insecurity in the Twenty-First Century NATO and the Management of Risk

Globalisation and Insecurity in the Twenty-First Century: NATO and the Management of Risk

1st Edition

By Christopher Coker
July 30, 2002

Discusses the impact of globalisation on security in the West and in particular the way it has changed the nature of NATO as well as its security agenda....

Iran-Saudi Arabia Relations and Regional Order

Iran-Saudi Arabia Relations and Regional Order

1st Edition

By Shahram Chubin, Charles Tripp
June 08, 2005

Both countries will have strong incentives to test the artificial balance established by the US and from which they are excluded. Each state, in the face of continued embargoes, may find the lure of weapons of mass destruction correspondingly increased....

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