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Survival: Global Politics and Strategy (April-May 2020)
State Power and Climate Change

ISBN 9780367491918
Published May 22, 2020 by Routledge
204 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: 

  • Anatol Lieven argues that strong and legitimate states remain central to any efforts to limit climate change and mitigate diseases such as coronavirus, and to maintain Western democracy 
  • Oriana Skylar Mastro warns that hereditary autocratic regimes such as North Korea’s are prone to sudden collapse, something for which policymakers should be prepared 
  • Shelby Butt and Daniel Byman contend that Russia’s attempts to undermine the West include supporting white-supremacist and other far-right groups 
  • And eight more thought-provoking pieces, as well as our regular book reviews and noteworthy column

Table of Contents

Survival 62.2 (April-May2020), pp. 1–204

Climate Change and the State: A Case for Environmental Realism, by Anatol Lieven

Trump’s Policies and the Sino-Russian Entente, by Alexander Lukin and Anatoly Torkunov

Reconsidering Spheres of Influence, by Evan R. Sankey


Strategy and Democracy, by Hew Strachan

NATO 4.0: The Atlantic Alliance and the Rise of China, by François Heisbourg

All in the Family: North Korea and the Fate of Hereditary Autocratic Regimes, by Oriana Skylar Mastro

Forging Stability in Cyberspace, by Lu Chuanying

Right-wing Extremism: The Russian Connection, by Shelby Butt and Daniel Byman

Castro’s Revolutionary Coming of Age, by Russell Crandall and Jack Richardson

Book Reviews

Politics and International Relations, by Steven Simon

Middle East, by Ray Takeyh

Environment and Resources, by Jeffrey Mazo

United States, by David C. Unger

Letter to the Editor, by Christopher Preble

America and Israel: The Thrill Is Gone, by Steven Simon

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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