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Survival December 2021-January 2022: Trials of Liberalism

ISBN 9781032018362
Published December 2, 2021 by Routledge
272 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:

  • Gigi Kwik Gronvall examines the contested origin of SARS-CoV-2 and argues that scientific work should be apolitical and globally cooperated, including with China
  • Lawrence Freedman contends that while liberalism is in crisis, it should still be better than authoritarianism at adapting to new circumstances, acknowledging salient problems and choosing among alternatives
  • Robert S. Ross argues that Chinese strategists believe Beijing can challenge a strategically weakened United States on the Korean Peninsula
  • Ondrej Rosendorf, Michal Smetana and Marek Vranka assess that persuading the public that nuclear abolition is feasible could strengthen disarmament advocacy

And nine 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 63.6 (December 2021–January 2022), pp. 1–252

The Contested Origin of SARS-CoV-2, by Gigi Kwik Gronvall

The Crisis of Liberalism and the Western Alliance, by Lawrence Freedman

Euro-Atlantic Security and the China Nexus, by François Heisbourg

Getting Restraint Right: Liberal Internationalism and American Foreign Policy, by Daniel Deudney and G. John Ikenberry

Negotiating with North Korea … Again, by Robert L. Gallucci

The Perspective from Pyongyang: Limits of Compromise, by Andrei Lankov

Engaging North Korea: The Warming-up Phase, by Målfrid Braut-Hegghammer


China Looks at the Korean Peninsula: The ‘Two Transitions’, by Robert S. Ross

Strengthening the US Partnership with the Syrian Democratic Forces, by Federico Manfredi Firmian

Disarming Arguments: Public Opinion and Nuclear Abolition, by Ondrej Rosendorf, Michal Smetana and Marek Vranka

Stranger than Fiction: Imagining Our Climate Future, by Ben Barry and Jeffrey Mazo

Colombia’s River of Life and Death, by Russell Crandall


Book Reviews

Counter-terrorism and Intelligence, by Jonathan Stevenson

United States, by David C. Unger

Europe, by Hanns W. Maull

Domestic Politics and the Global Balance, by Erik Jones

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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