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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 Limits of Sino-Russian Strategic Partnership

The Limits of Sino-Russian Strategic Partnership

1st Edition

By Jennifer Anderson
January 31, 1997

Russia and China claim to have established a "strategic partnership". Jennifer Anderson argues that this relationship merely overlays a diplomatic agenda established in the late 1980s, and that China's pragmatic, limited approach (coupled with Russia's domestic economic and political difficulties) ...

The Security Implications of the New Taiwan

The Security Implications of the New Taiwan

1st Edition

By Bernice Lee
November 30, 1999

How can fresh conflict between China and Taiwan be avoided? This paper argues that unless the key players - Taiwan, China and the US - accept the existence of a new and increasingly democratic Taiwan, the conflict across the Taiwan Straits will remain one of the most contentious and ...

Context and Circumstance The Turkish Military and Politics

Context and Circumstance: The Turkish Military and Politics

1st Edition

By Gareth Jenkins
May 17, 2005

Debates about military influence on civilian government tend to be partisan and rarely pay sufficient attention to specific contexts. This paper analyses, without condemnation or justification, why and how the military exercises such influence in Turkey and whether it is likely to continue to do so...

Regulating the Private Security Industry

Regulating the Private Security Industry

1st Edition

By Sarah Percy
December 22, 2010

The under-regulation of the private security industry has increasingly become a topic of media and academic interest. This Adelphi Paper enters the debate by explaining why the industry requires further regulation, and what is wrong with the current system. It begins by briefly defining the ...

Repairing the Damage Possibilities and Limits of Transatlantic Consensus

Repairing the Damage: Possibilities and Limits of Transatlantic Consensus

1st Edition

By Dana H. Allin, Gilles Andréani, Gary Samore, Philippe Errera
March 31, 2008

The damage that has been done to the transatlantic alliance will not be repaired through grand architectural redesigns or radical new agendas. Instead, the transatlantic partners need to restore their consensus and cooperation on key security challenges with a limited agenda that reflects the ...

Continuity and Change in Israeli Security Policy

Continuity and Change in Israeli Security Policy

1st Edition

By Mark A. Heller
July 30, 2000

How should Israel respond to the changing external threats that confront it? This paper argues that the country's traditional security concept is obsolete and must be reformulated. How this is achieved depends on developments within the Middle East and on the outcome of current shifts in Israel's ...

Enhancing Indo-US Strategic Cooperation

Enhancing Indo-US Strategic Cooperation

1st Edition

By Waheguru Pal Singh Sidhu
November 30, 1997

Argues that a carrot-and-stick policy is likely to be more effective than a stick-only approach in curbing India's nuclear ambitions. Increased strategic cooperation between India and the US is the ideal incentive, but the author argues that such cooperation is unlikely in the immediate future. &...

From Congo to Kosovo Civilian Police in Peace Operations

From Congo to Kosovo: Civilian Police in Peace Operations

1st Edition

By Annika S Hansen
June 30, 2002

An examination of the role of civilian police in peace operations, which has expanded greatly since the early 1990s and has culminated in international policemen assuming responsibility for law and order in Kosovo and East Timor. It looks at the way civilian police play a critical role in reforming...

Fuelling War Natural Resources and Armed Conflicts

Fuelling War: Natural Resources and Armed Conflicts

1st Edition

By Philippe Le Billon
March 06, 2006

A generous endowment of natural resources should favour rapid economic and social development. The experience of countries like Angola and Iraq, however, suggests that resource wealth often proves a curse rather than a blessing. Billions of dollars from resource exploitation benefit repressive ...

Globalisation and Insurgency

Globalisation and Insurgency

1st Edition

By John Mackinlay
May 24, 2005

The central proposition of this book is that global changes have altered the nature of insurgency by weakening some governments and empowering the forces that seek to overthrow them. The book identifies four distinct categories of insurgent force, and concludes that globalisation of insurgency ...

Intervention in Contemporary World Politics

Intervention in Contemporary World Politics

1st Edition

By Neil Macfarlane
September 30, 2002

Examines multilateral interventions in civil conflicts and the evolution of the role of such interventions in world politics. It focuses primarily on the Cold War and post-Cold War eras and the differences between them. It contests the notion that there is an emerging norm of humanitarian ...

Investing in Peace Aid and Conditionality after Civil Wars

Investing in Peace: Aid and Conditionality after Civil Wars

1st Edition

By James K. Boyce
November 30, 2002

This book analyzes the provision of aid to countries that have undergone negotiated settlements to civil wars, drawing on recent experiences in Bosnia, Cambodia, El Salvador, and Guatemala. It focuses on the potential for peace conditionality, linking aid to steps to implement accords and ...

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