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

    • Nick Childs assesses the ambitions and perils of the AUKUS partnership for Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States

    • Kimberly Marten explores how the demise of its key figures will affect future operations of the Wagner Group and similar Russian paramilitaries

    • Steven Feldstein investigates the uses and risks of generative-AI systems

    • From the Survival archives, the late Pierre Hassner interpreted Russia’s August 2008 attack on Georgia as signalling the emergence of a new cold war with the West

    • Dana H. Allin reflects on the European vision advanced by members of a rapidly disappearing generation of scholars who had lived through war and sought to preserve and extend peace

    • And eight 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
    Editorial Assistant: Conor Hodges

    Survival 65.5 (October–November 2023), pp. 1–224

    The AUKUS Anvil: Promise and Peril, by Nick Childs

    A Fragile Convergence: The US–Japan–South Korea Camp David Summit, by Robert Ward

    Calibrating Engagement with the Taliban, by James M. Cowan


    Whither Wagner? The Consequences of Prigozhin’s Mutiny and Demise, by Kimberly Marten

    Detect and Engage: A New American Way of War, by David C. Gompert and Martin Libicki

    Challenging Nuclear Bromides, by Dallas Boyd

    The Meaning of ‘Strategic’ in US National-security Policy, by Jeffrey A. Larsen and James J. Wirtz

    The Consequences of Generative AI for Democracy, Governance and War, by Steven Feldstein

    Ana Montes: An (Almost) Perfect Spy, by Russell Crandall

    Oppenheimer: The Man, the Movie and Nuclear Dread, by Jonathan Stevenson

    Tough Lessons for UN Peacekeeping Operations, by Adrian Johnson

    Book Reviews

    Economy, by Erik Jones

    Cyber Security and Emerging Technologies, by Melissa K. Griffith

    Middle East, by Ray Takeyh

    South Asia, by Teresita C. Schaffer

    One Cold War Among Many?, by Pierre Hassner

    Not Fade Away: The Children of the 1930s, by Dana H. Allin


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