1st Edition

Survival October-November 2020: Pandemics and politics

ISBN 9780367491956
Published September 24, 2020 by Routledge
236 Pages

USD $14.95

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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:

  • Adam Roberts explores pandemics and politics through the ages, arguing that trust in leadership is essential in the struggle against infectious diseases
  • Rebecca Barber and Sarah Teitt contend that ASEAN should take a more activist approach to the Rohingya crisis to salvage its credibility
  • Greg Austin assesses the strategic implications of China’s weak cyber defences
  • Øystein Tunsjø casts doubt on the prospect of the Arctic becoming a theatre of great-power conflict

And eight more thought-provoking pieces, as well as our regular book reviews and Noteworthy column.

Table of Contents

Survival 62.5 (October–November 2020), pp. 1–236

Pandemics and Politics Adam Roberts

The Rohingya Crisis: Can ASEAN Salvage Its Credibility? Rebecca Barber and Sarah Teitt

The New Threat to the Test-Ban Treaty Edward Ifft

Is Donald Trump America’s First Constructivist President? Christopher J. Fettweis


Saving Strategic Arms Control Alexey Arbatov

Battalions to Brigades: The Future of European Defence Sven Biscop

The Strategic Implications of China’s Weak Cyber Defences Greg Austin

The Great Hype: False Visions of Conflict and Opportunity in the Arctic Øystein Tunsjø

Iran’s Grand Strategic Logic Kevjn Lim

Worse than Nothing: Why US Intervention Made Government Atrocities More Likely in Syria Richard Hanania

Proper Spying Rodric Braithwaite

Book Reviews

Middle East Ray Takeyh

Economy Erik Jones

South Asia Teresita C. Schaffer

Living and Dying Nations and the Age of COVID-19 Benjamin Rhode

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The Institutional 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