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Survival February–March 2021: A House Divided

ISBN 9781032018225
Published February 11, 2021 by Routledge
232 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:

  • Steven Simon argues that despite the violent storming of the US Capitol, Republicans are inclined to commit to minority rule

  • In a special forum, IISS researchers and three other experts consider whether NATO’s European members can defend themselves without US support

  • Hanns W. Maull contends that the coronavirus pandemic has revealed deficiencies of global governance, and analyses their implications for the future of international order

  • Christopher W. Hughes, Alessio Patalano and Robert Ward examine Japan’s grand strategy and Abe Shinzo’s legacy


And seven 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 63.1 (February–March 2021), pp. 1–232

Trump’s Insurrection and America’s Year of Living Dangerously, by Steven Simon

Forum: Can Europe Defend Itself?

Editor’s Note

Europe’s Defence Requires Offence, by Douglas Barrie, Ben Barry, Henry Boyd, Nick Childs and Bastian Giegerich

Europe Can Afford the Cost of Autonomy, by François Heisbourg

Europe Cannot Defend Itself: The Challenge of Pooling Military Power, by Stephen G. Brooks and Hugo Meijer

In Reply: To Repeat, Europe Can Defend Itself, by Barry R. Posen


Community and COVID-19: Japan, Sweden and Uruguay, by Amitai Etzioni

The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Future of International Order, by Hanns W. Maull

War and Peace: Reaffirming the Distinction, by Chiara Libiseller and Lukas Milevski

Towards a Quantum Internet: Post-pandemic Cyber Security in a Post-digital World, by David C. Gompert and Martin Libicki

Japan’s Grand Strategy: The Abe Era and Its Aftermath, by Christopher W. Hughes, Alessio Patalano and Robert Ward

Dilemmas of Aiding Ukraine, by Henrik Larsen

Coffee and Communism, by Russell Crandall

Book Reviews

War, Conflict and the Military, by Rosa Brooks

Russia and Eurasia, by Angela Stent

Asia-Pacific, by Lanxin Xiang

Letter to the Editor

Brexit and the UN Security Council: Much Ado About Not Much?, by David Hannay

In Reply, by Norman Dombey

In Paranoid Style: The Last Days of Trump, by Benjamin Rhode


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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