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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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Rethinking Confidence-Building Measures

Rethinking Confidence-Building Measures

1st Edition

By Marie-France Desjardins
February 28, 1997

Confidence-Building Measures (CBMs) - often seen as the fastest growing sector on the post-Cold War diplomatic agenda - are increasingly viewed by the international community as useful instruments for addressing a range of security and diplomatic issues. Rethinking Confidence-Building Measures ...

Wither Iran? Reform, Domestic Politics and National Security

Wither Iran?: Reform, Domestic Politics and National Security

1st Edition

By Shahram Chubin
April 30, 2002

Terrorism and the Middle East are often connected. The fear that these will be a future source of threat with weapons of mass destruction, notably nuclear or biological weapons, has grown in recent years. This book looks at the politics of one important state in the region - Iran&...

NATO's Balkan Interventions

NATO's Balkan Interventions

1st Edition

By Dana H. Allin
August 31, 2002

Examines NATO's Balkan interventions over the entire decade starting with the break-up of Yugoslavia in 1992. Focusing on the wars in Bosnia and Kosovo, it traces the record of early transatlantic failures and later successes as once bitterly divided allies were able, finally, to unite around some ...

Political Islam in Southeast Asia Moderates, Radical and Terrorists

Political Islam in Southeast Asia: Moderates, Radical and Terrorists

1st Edition

By Angel Rabasa
September 30, 2003

Provides an overview of the evolution of political Islam in South-east Asia.  Analyses the sources of relgious radicalism and assesses the regional terrorist and radical networks. Describes how secular democratic institutions can be strengthened, and how moderate and tolerant tendencies can be...

Syria under Bashar al-Asad Modernisation and the Limits of Change

Syria under Bashar al-Asad: Modernisation and the Limits of Change

1st Edition

By Volker Perthes
July 28, 2006

Syria entered a new phase with the death of its long-serving leader, Hafiz al-Asad, and the accession of his son Bashar in 2000.  While the new president has disappointed much of the hopes for political opening which he himself has created, Syria is clearly undergoing a process of change. ...

Towards a Brave New Arms Industry?

Towards a Brave New Arms Industry?

1st Edition

By Richard Bitzinger
March 31, 2003

In the post-Cold War era, most countries have been forced to radically reduce their arms industries, and abandoned self-sufficiency in favour of a subordinate role in an increasingly globalized worldwide defence industry. This has significant implications for the future of armaments production, for...

Beyond Air–Sea Battle The Debate Over US Military Strategy in Asia

Beyond Air–Sea Battle: The Debate Over US Military Strategy in Asia

1st Edition

By Aaron L. Friedberg
June 05, 2014

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....

The Power of Currencies and Currencies of Power

The Power of Currencies and Currencies of Power

1st Edition

By Alan Wheatley
May 30, 2014

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 ...

Arctic Opening Insecurity And Opportunity

Arctic Opening: Insecurity And Opportunity

1st Edition

By Christian LeMiere, Jeffrey Mazo
April 09, 2014

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 ...

Food Security in Asia Challenges, Policies and Implications

Food Security in Asia: Challenges, Policies and Implications

1st Edition

By Monika Barthwal-Datta
April 04, 2014

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 ...

Overcoming Pakistan’s Nuclear Dangers

Overcoming Pakistan’s Nuclear Dangers

1st Edition

By Mark Fitzpatrick
April 04, 2014

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 ...

Ballistic-Missile Defence and Strategic Stability

Ballistic-Missile Defence and Strategic Stability

1st Edition

By Dean A. Wilkening
February 28, 2002

Should the US deploy ballistic-missile defences? The arguments for and against are becoming increasingly polarised. This paper offers what is currently lacking in the debate: a quantitative analysis of how well defences would have to work to meet specific security objectives, and what level of ...

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