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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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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 ...

Reassessing ASEAN

Reassessing ASEAN

1st Edition

By Jeannie Henderson
May 31, 1999

With the accession of Cambodia in April 1999, the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) finally achieved its founding vision: the incorporation of all ten South-east Asian states. However, ASEAN-10 faces an unprecedented series of challenges, stemming from the organization's rapid ...

Responding to Crises in the African Great Lakes

Responding to Crises in the African Great Lakes

1st Edition

By G. Evans
November 30, 1997

Examines the international responses to the ethnic conflicts in Burundi and Rwanda from 1993-1997 and their overspill into Zaire. Concludes that the external reaction was impotent and incoherent, and urges a number of changes in response by the international community....

Japan's Re-emergence as a 'Normal' Military Power

Japan's Re-emergence as a 'Normal' Military Power

1st Edition

By Christopher Hughes
April 07, 2006

Is Japan re-emerging as a normal, or even a great, military power in regional and global security affairs? This Adelphi Paper assesses the overall trajectory of Japan’s security policy over the last decade, and the impact of a changing Japanese military posture on the stability of East Asia. The ...

Protracted Refugee Situations Domestic and International Security Implications

Protracted Refugee Situations: Domestic and International Security Implications

1st Edition

By Gil Loescher, James Milner
September 22, 2005

Protracted refugee populations not only constitute over 70% of the world's refugees but are also a principal source of many of the irregular movements of people around the world today. The long-term presence of refugee populations in much of the developing world has come to be seen by many host ...

Somalia: State Collapse and the Threat of Terrorism

Somalia: State Collapse and the Threat of Terrorism

1st Edition

By Ken Menkhaus
March 31, 2004

This work explores Somalia's state collapse and the security threats posed by Somalia's prolonged crisis. Communities are reduced to lawlessness, and the interests of commercial elites have shifted towards rule of law, but not a revived central state. Terrorists have found Somalia ...

Selective Security War and the United Nations Security Council since 1945

Selective Security: War and the United Nations Security Council since 1945

1st Edition

By Adam Roberts, Dominik Zaum
January 02, 2009

In contrast to the common perception that the United Nations is, or should become, a system of collective security, this paper advances the proposition that the UN Security Council embodies a necessarily selective approach. Analysis of its record since 1945 suggests that the Council cannot address ...

China's African Challenges

China's African Challenges

1st Edition

By Sarah Raine
July 15, 2009

China’s relations with African nations have changed dramatically over the past decade. African oil now accounts for more than 30% of China’s oil imports, and China is Africa’s second-largest single-country trading partner, as well as a leading lender and infrastructure investor on the continent. ...

A US Strategy for the Asia-Pacific

A US Strategy for the Asia-Pacific

1st Edition

By Douglas T. Stuart, William T. Tow
September 26, 2005

First Published in 2005. This is Adelphi Paper 299 and discusses a strategy for the Unites States of America for the continued stability of the Asia-Pacific region. Looking at ways in which the US-dominated system of Asia-Pacific security that evolved during the Cold War must be fundamentally ...

Dealing with the Threat of Cruise Missiles

Dealing with the Threat of Cruise Missiles

1st Edition

By Dennis M Gormley
July 31, 2005

How can the core transatlantic Allies make coalitions more effective?  One year on from Kosovo, disparities in the capabilities of the coalition partners, as well as uneven levels of prior coordination, persist.  To address these problems will require much greater force planning in ...

Defence Reform in Croatia and Serbia--Montenegro

Defence Reform in Croatia and Serbia--Montenegro

1st Edition

By Timothy Edmunds
January 31, 2004

This book examines defence reform in Croatia and Serbia-Montenegro since 2000, focussing particularly on the institution and consolidation of democratic and civilian control of the armed forces, the reform of conflict-era forces structures, and the influence of the West including defence assistance...

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