The Adelphi Series

Published in association with the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS), this authoritative series of books provides rigorous analysis of contemporary strategic and defence topics useful to politicians and diplomats, as well as academic researchers, foreign-affairs analysts, defence commentators and journalists.

Featured Books

  • Uncertain Future

    The JCPOA and Iran’s Nuclear and Missile Programmes, 1st Edition

    By Mark Fitzpatrick, Michael Elleman, Paulina Izewicz

    In July 2015, eight parties – France, Germany and the United Kingdom, together with the European Union and China, Russia and the United States on the one side, and Iran on the other – adopted the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), better known as the Iran nuclear deal. Under the agreement,…

    Paperback – 2019-01-17
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  • Fighting and Negotiating with Armed Groups

    The Difficulty of Securing Strategic Outcomes, 1st Edition

    By Samir Puri

    What constitutes an effective and realistic strategy for dealing with non-state armed groups? This question has bedevilled states the world over. From Colombia and FARC, Turkey and the PKK, the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and the persistent insurgency in Iraq – the governments concerned…

    Paperback – 2019-01-11
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  • Egypt after the Spring

    Revolt and Reaction, 1st Edition

    Edited by Emile Hoyakem, Hebatalla Taha

    This edited Adelphi volume brings together senior scholars as well as rising analysts of Egypt to examine the turbulent period from the January 2011 uprising to the consolidation of power of President Abdelfattah el-Sisi in 2014-15. The nine authors provide a sober, in-depth look at the country’s…

    Paperback – 2019-01-08
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  • Once and Future Partners

    The US, Russia, and Nuclear Non-proliferation, 1st Edition

    Edited by William C. Potter, Sarah Bidgood

    Despite their Cold War rivalry, the United States and the Soviet Union frequently engaged in joint efforts to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons. Leaders in Washington and Moscow recognized that nuclear proliferation would serve neither country’s interests even when they did not see eye-to-eye…

    Paperback – 2018-07-27
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  • Africa's Lost Leader

    South Africa's continental role since apartheid, 1st Edition

    By James Hamill

    When Nelson Mandela was sworn in as president on 10 May 1994, South Africa enjoyed an unprecedented global standing. Much of the international community, particularly Western states, saw the new South Africa as well equipped to play a dynamic and dominant role on the continent; promoting conflict…

    Paperback – 2018-01-16
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  • Renewing America’s Nuclear Arsenal

    Options for the 21st century, 1st Edition

    By James E. Doyle

    In the next few years the US government will make decisions regarding the renewal of its triad of air-, land- and sea-based nuclear weapons that will have huge implications for the security of the country and its allies, its public finances, and the salience of nuclear weapons in global politics.…

    Paperback – 2017-10-23
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  • Harsh Lessons

    Iraq, Afghanistan and the Changing Character of War, 1st Edition

    By Ben Barry

    The recent Afghanistan and Iraq wars were very controversial. The conflicts’ casualties, intractability and the apparent failure of the US and its allies to achieve their objectives mean that many see the wars as failures. This resulted in a loss of confidence in the West of the utility of force as…

    Paperback – 2017-02-08
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  • Everyone Loses

    The Ukraine Crisis and the Ruinous Contest for Post-Soviet Eurasia, 1st Edition

    By Samuel Charap, Timothy J. Colton

    Disorder erupted in Ukraine in 2014, involving the overthrow of a sitting government, the Russian annexation of the Crimean peninsula, and a violent insurrection, supported by Moscow, in the east of the country. This Adelphi book argues that the crisis has yielded a ruinous outcome, in which all…

    Paperback – 2016-12-21
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  • Business and Conflict in Fragile States

    The Case for Pragmatic Solutions, 1st Edition

    By Brian Ganson, Achim Wennmann

    Large-scale investments in fragile states – in Latin America, Africa, the former Soviet Union and Asia – become magnets for conflict, which undermines business, development and security. International policy responds with regulation, state-building and institutional reform, with poor and often…

    Paperback – 2016-05-31
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  • China’s Cyber Power

    1st Edition

    By Nigel Inkster

    China’s emergence as a major global power is reshaping the cyber domain. The country has the world’s largest internet-user community, a growing economic footprint and increasingly capable military and intelligence services. Harnessing these assets, it is pursuing a patient, assertive foreign policy…

    Paperback – 2016-05-06
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  • Asia's Latent Nuclear Powers

    Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, 1st Edition

    By Mark Fitzpatrick

    If the nuclear weapons club were to further expand, would America�s democratic allies in Northeast Asia be among the next entrants? Japan, South Korea and Taiwan all have robust civilian nuclear energy programmes that make them �virtual nuclear powers� according to many analysts. All three once…

    Paperback – 2016-02-03
    Routledge

  • North Africa in Transition

    The Struggle for Democracy and Institutions, 1st Edition

    Edited by Ben Fishman

    This book is the first comprehensive examination of North Africa’s political, security, and economic developments since the 2011 Arab Uprisings shook the Middle East. North Africa in Transition examines how the people and governments of North Africa have responded to the Arab uprisings that shook…

    Paperback – 2015-11-18
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  • China's Strong Arm

    Protecting Citizens and Assets Abroad, 1st Edition

    By Jonas Parello-Plesner, Mathieu Duchâtel

    China has long adhered to a principle of ‘non-interference’ in other states’ affairs. However, as more of its companies have been investing in projects overseas, and millions of its nationals are travelling abroad, Beijing is finding itself progressively involved in other countries – through the…

    Paperback – 2015-05-14
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  • Spoiler Groups and UN Peacekeeping

    1st Edition

    By Peter Nadin, Patrick Cammaert, Vesselin Popovski

    Armed groups are intrinsic to conflict. Pursuing myriad aims, they shape and are shaped by the conflict landscape. UN missions too inhabit this landscape. They too must decide how best to pursue their goals of supporting early peacebuilding and so-called stabilisation. This book argues that the UN…

    Paperback – 2015-03-03
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  • Power Shifts and New Blocs in the Global Trading System

    1st Edition

    By Sanjaya Baru

     As economic powers from the developing world, particularly China, have emerged in the past few decades, their weight has altered the balance in the global trading system. This has presented challenges in the World Trade Organisation (WTO), where the Doha Round of multilateral negotiations has…

    Paperback – 2015-03-03
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  • Paper Tigers

    China’s Nuclear Posture, 1st Edition

    By Jeffrey G. Lewis

    China’s nuclear arsenal has long been an enigma. The arsenal has historically been small, based almost exclusively on land-based ballistic missiles, maintained at a low level of alert, and married to a no-first-use doctrine – all choices that would seem to invite attack in a crisis. Chinese leaders…

    Paperback – 2014-12-18
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  • The Ties that Divide

    History, Honour and Territory in Sino-Japanese Relations, 1st Edition

    By William Choong

    This book explores the historical relationship between China and Japan, and how this has exacerbated their dispute over the Senkaku/ Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea. There are three paradoxes in the bilateral relationship – complex interdependence does not preclude the possibility of open…

    Paperback – 2014-10-10
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  • Beyond Air–Sea Battle

    The Debate Over US Military Strategy in Asia, 1st Edition

    By Aaron L. Friedberg

    This book presents the first comprehensive analysis of the debate over how the United States and its allies can counter China’s rapidly growing military power.…

    Paperback – 2014-05-08
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  • Overcoming Pakistan’s Nuclear Dangers

    1st Edition

    By Mark Fitzpatrick

    Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal – the fastest growing in the world – raises concerns on many grounds. Although far from the scale of the Cold War, South Asia is experiencing a strategic arms race. And the more weapons there are, the more potential for theft, sabotage and nuclear terrorism. Worries that…

    Paperback – 2014-03-20
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  • Food Security in Asia

    Challenges, Policies and Implications, 1st Edition

    By Monika Barthwal-Datta

    The spike in global food prices in 2007–08 not only led to riots on several continents; it also reawakened fears about the world’s future ability to feed itself, as growing populations place greater demands on agricultural systems operating in increasingly difficult environmental and climatic…

    Paperback – 2014-03-05
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  • Arctic Opening

    Insecurity And Opportunity, 1st Edition

    By Christian LeMiere, Jeffrey Mazo

    The Arctic is opening. Global warming is leading to seasonal sea-ice retreat, which in turn opens hitherto impassable shipping routes and new areas for resource exploitation. Such changes are elevating the Arctic’s geostrategic value and stoking inter-state competition. The admission of five Asian…

    Paperback – 2014-01-14
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  • Middle Eastern Security, the US Pivot and the Rise of ISIS

    1st Edition

    Edited by Toby Dodge, Emile Hokayem

    To mark the tenth anniversary of The IISS Manama Dialogue process and to capitalise on the new light it has shed on security issues in the Gulf and the wider Middle East, this Adelphi brings together the results of two workshops held by the IISS in its Middle East office in Manama. Featuring essays…

    Paperback – 2014-01-09
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