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1st Edition

Survival April–May 2021: Facing Russia

ISBN 9781032018256
Published April 2, 2021 by Routledge
212 Pages

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Book Description

Survival, the IISS’s bimonthly journal, challenges conventional wisdom and brings fresh, often controversial, perspectives on strategic issues of the moment.

In this issue:

  • Marcus Willett examines Russia’s SolarWinds hack and the painful lessons it holds for the United States
  • In a special forum, seven experts consider the purpose and effectiveness of the United Nations, as well as the intricacies of Security Council reform, on its 75th anniversary
  • Peter Rudolf argues that the United States’ perception of China as a revisionist strategic rival will complicate transatlantic policy coordination
  • Ray Takeyh considers whether the US intelligence community bungled assessments of Iran’s political stability in the late 1970s

And six more thought-provoking pieces, as well as our regular Book Reviews and Noteworthy column.

Editor: Dr Dana Allin

Managing Editor: Jonathan Stevenson

Associate Editor: Carolyn West

Assistant Editor: Jessica Watson

Table of Contents

Survival 63.2 (April–May 2021), pp. 1–212

Lessons of the SolarWinds Hack, by Marcus Willett

Eastern Exposure: Germany Looks at Russia, by Aaron M. Zack

Reforming Ukraine’s Security Sector, by Nicolò Fasola and Alyssa J. Wood

Forum: The UN at 75

Editor’s Note

Resolving the Dilemma of UNSC Reform, by Kishore Mahbubani

The Intricacies of UN Security Council Reform, by Martin Binder and Monika Heupel

What’s the UN Security Council For?, by Sergio Aguirre and William Wagner

UN Peacekeeping After the Pandemic: An Increased Role for Intelligence, by Allison Carnegie and Austin Carson


The Sino-American World Conflict, by Peter Rudolf

Why Global Order Needs Disorder, by Dominic Tierney

Lifting the Protection Curse: The Rise of New Military Powers in the Middle East, by David B. Roberts

Did the US Intelligence Community Lose Iran?, by Ray Takeyh

Rebel with a Cause, by Russell Crandall

Book Reviews

Environment and Resources, by Jeffrey Mazo

Middle East, by Ray Takeyh

United States, by David C. Unger

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The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), a registered charity with offices in Washington, London, Manama and Singapore, is the world’s leading authority on political–military conflict. It is the primary independent source of accurate, objective information on international strategic issues. Publications include The Military Balance, an annual reference work on each nation’s defence capabilities; Strategic Survey, an annual review of world affairs; Survival, a bi-monthly journal of international affairs; Strategic Comments, an online analysis of topical issues in international affairs; and the Adelphi series of books on issues of international security.


‘In a world of complex security challenges the need for serious, thoughtful analysis is greater than ever. Survival’s combination of elegant writing and rigorous scholarship from the world’s top experts makes it essential reading for both practitioners and academics.’

Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman, War Studies King's College London