Adelphi series

The Adelphi series is The International Institute for Strategic Studies' flagship contribution to policy-relevant, original academic research.

Eight books are published each year. They provide rigorous analysis of contemporary strategic and defence topics that is useful to politicians and diplomats, as well as academic researchers, foreign-affairs analysts, defence commentators and journalists.

  • Asia’s Power Dynamics

    Military Change and its Geopolitical Effects

    By Desmond Ball, Raja C. Mohan, Tim Huxley, Adam Ward

    This Adelphi examines defence procurement in Asia against a backdrop of the region’s fragmented security infrastructure. The overlapping alliances, multilateral bodies and regional dialogues are ill-equipped to respond to the changing balance of power, since there is no unified forum through which…

    Paperback – 2015-07-30
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  • China's Strong Arm

    Protecting Citizens and Assets Abroad

    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

    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

    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

    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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  • Paper Tigers

    China’s Nuclear Posture

    By Jeffrey Lewis

    This book examines how the nuclear weapons policy, forces and posture of the People's Republic of China have evolved from the mid-1950s to the present. Using newly available open-source information, including Chinese-language resources, it documents the development of Chinese views about…

    Paperback – 2014-10-28
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  • The Ties that Divide

    History, Honour and Territory in Sino-Japanese Relations

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    Edited by 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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  • The Power of Currencies and Currencies of Power

    By Alan Wheatley

    Today, a Great Power’s arsenal extends well beyond the military, embracing soft power and also currency power. The dollar dominates the global economy, used in settling trade and investment deals but also held in reserve in vast quantities by central banks in case of a payments crisis. This demand…

    Paperback – 2013-12-17
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  • Syria’s Uprising and the Fracturing of the Levant

    By Emile Hokayem

    As an upbeat and peaceful uprising quickly and brutally descended into a zero-sum civil war, Syria has crumbled from a regional player into an arena in which a multitude of local and foreign actors compete. The volatile regional fault lines that run through Syria have ruptured during this conflict,…

    Paperback – 2013-06-07
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  • Regional Disorder

    The South China Sea Disputes

    By Sarah Raine, Christian Le Mière

    China’s rise casts a vast and uncertain shadow over the regional balance of power in the Asia Pacific, and nowhere is this clearer than in the South China Sea. The significance of the fraught territorial disputes in this potentially resource-rich sea extends far beyond the small groupings of…

    Paperback – 2013-03-11
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  • Iraq – From War to a New Authoritarianism

    By Toby Dodge

    Iraq recovered its full sovereignty at the end of 2011, with the departure of all US military forces. The 2003 invasion was undertaken to dismantle a regime that had long threatened its own population and regional peace, as well as to establish a stable, democratic state in the heart of the Middle…

    Paperback – 2013-01-16
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  • Asia’s Naval Expansion

    An Arms Race in the Making

    By Geoffrey Till

    The navies of China, India and to a lesser extent Japan are expanding rapidly at present. This has the potential to alter the US-dominated naval balance in Asia-Pacific but it also raises a question: are the region’s powers involved in a naval arms race? Naval development is and always has been a…

    Paperback – 2012-12-07
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  • Weary Policeman

    American Power in an Age of Austerity

    Edited by Dana Allin, Erik Jones

    As another presidential election looms, the America’s role in global affairs and security has emerged as one of the campaign’s great battle lines. The struggle not just to define but also to preserve American power is no modern phenomenon: questions of intervention and projection have dominated the…

    Paperback – 2012-06-27
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  • Latin America and the Illusion of Peace

    By David R. Mares

    This book explores interstate conflict and its dynamics in the context of Latin America’s contemporary conflict management experience. The myth of Latin America as a region of peace means that each time the use of force rises to the level of global attention (e.g., Ecuador-Peru 1995 or…

    Paperback – 2012-05-07
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  • On Nuclear Deterrence

    The Correspondence of Sir Michael Quinlan

    By Tanya Ogilvie-White

    This timely book, published in the lead up to the 2012-14 decision on Trident renewal, makes available for the first time the late Sir Michael Quinlan’s private correspondence on nuclear deterrence. It shows why Sir Michael, as Policy Director and then Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Defence…

    Paperback – 2012-04-27
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  • Drugs, Insecurity and Failed States

    The Problems of Prohibition

    By Nigel Inkster, Virginia Comolli

    The world’s wealthiest nations have expended vast blood and treasure in tracking and capturing traffickers, dealers and consumers of narcotics, as well as destroying crops and confiscating shipments. Yet the global trade in illicit drugs is thriving, with no apparent change in the level of…

    Paperback – 2012-04-02
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  • Nuclear Politics and the Non-Aligned Movement

    Principles vs Pragmatism

    By William Potter, Gaukhar Mukhatzhanova

    The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) is the largest and most diverse political grouping of states engaged on issues related to nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament. Drawing on the authors’ first-hand experiences as members of NAM observer-state delegations in NPT and IAEA negotiations, as well as…

    Paperback – 2012-02-22
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  • Afghanistan: to 2015 and Beyond

    Edited by Toby Dodge, Nicholas Redman

    As the international security forces prepare to depart from Afghanistan, this Adelphi turns attention to the ability of a ravaged country to tackle its myriad security problems, overcome crippling poverty and corruption and somehow revive its devastated economy. The government faces daunting…

    Paperback – 2011-12-20
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  • Cyberspace and the State

    Towards a Strategy for Cyberpower

    By David J Betz, Timothy C. Stevens

    The major aim of Cyberspace and the State is to provide conceptual orientation on the new strategic environment of the Information Age. It seeks to restore the equilibrium of policy-makers which has been disturbed by recent cyber scares, as well as to bring clarity to academic debate on the subject…

    Paperback – 2011-11-16
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  • Yemen and the Politics of Permanent Crisis

    By Sarah Phillips

    The Middle East is in the midst of considerable and unpredictable changes, but deeply patrimonial political systems do not change overnight – and neither do the international and regional structures that have helped them to endure for so long. The informal rules that guide Yemeni society and its…

    Paperback – 2011-07-05
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  • No Exit

    North Korea, Nuclear Weapons, and International Security

    By Jonathan D. Pollack

    This book chronicles the political-military development of the Korean Peninsula since 1945, with particular attention to North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear technology and nuclear weapons, and how it has shaped Northeast Asian security and non-proliferation policy and influenced the strategic choices…

    Paperback – 2011-05-17
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  • Trapped Giant

    China's Troubled Military Rise

    By Jonathan Holslag

    Emboldened by economic strength and growing military power, China is emerging as a challenger to US dominance in the Pacific. But its promised peaceful rise has done little to convince regional powers that it will not use force to press longstanding territorial claims or attempt sea-denial…

    Paperback – 2010-12-23
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  • Europe and Global Security

    By Bastian Giegerich

    In the twenty-first century, the European Union is confronted by myriad security problems that demand concerted action and cooperation. As a negotiating power, it seeks to persuade Iran to forswear a nuclear weapons programme. As a crisis manager it seeks to contribute to global peace and stability…

    Paperback – 2010-11-24
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  • Ending Wars, Consolidating Peace

    Economic Perspectives

    By Mats Berdal, Achim Wennmann

    The transition from war to peace is fraught with tension and the risk of a return to bloodshed. With so much at stake, it is crucial that the international community and local stakeholders make sense of the complex mosaic of challenges, to support a lasting, inclusive and prosperous peace. Recent…

    Paperback – 2010-09-01
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  • Sanctions as Grand Strategy

    By Brendan Taylor

    Economic sanctions are becoming increasingly central to shaping strategic outcomes in the twenty-first century. They afford great powers a means by which to seek to influence the behaviour of states, to demonstrate international leadership and to express common values for the benefit of the…

    Paperback – 2010-05-06
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  • Towards Nuclear Zero

    By Raimo Väyrynen, David Cortright

    Rarely in the atomic age have hopes been raised as high as they are now for genuine progress toward disarmament. The new receptivity reflected in the policy declarations of many governments was sparked by a wave of private initiatives led by former senior policy leaders in many countries. This…

    Paperback – 2010-04-28
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  • Climate Conflict

    How Global Warming Threatens Security and What to Do about It

    By Jeffrey Mazo

    Climate change has been a key factor in the rise and fall of societies and states from prehistory to the recent fighting in the Sudanese state of Darfur. It drives instability, conflict and collapse, but also expansion and reorganisation. The ways cultures have met the climate challenge provide…

    Paperback – 2010-03-22
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  • Building Asia’s Security

    By Nick Bisley

    This book provides a systematic analysis of the current state and future trajectory of security cooperation in the world’s most economically dynamic and strategically uncertain region. It explains the rapid rise of a complex array of security mechanisms in Asia and argues that their limited…

    Paperback – 2010-01-07
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  • Building Peace After War

    By Mats Berdal

    The widespread practice of intervention by outside actors aimed at building ‘sustainable peace’ within societies ravaged by war has been a striking feature of the post-Cold War era. But, at a time when more peacekeepers are deployed around the world than at any other point in history, is the…

    Paperback – 2009-10-08
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  • Transforming Pakistan

    Ways Out of Instability

    By Hilary Synnott

    This book argues that any strategy for dealing with Pakistan requires an understanding of the country’s complex and turbulent history and of the weaknesses of its political and other institutions. It describes how, in the absence of an inherent national identity, successive military and civilian…

    Paperback – 2009-08-17
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  • China's African Challenges

    By Sarah Raine

    China’s relations with African nations have changed dramatically over the past decade. African oil now accounts for more than 30% of China’s oil imports, and China is Africa’s second-largest single-country trading partner, as well as a leading lender and infrastructure investor on the continent.…

    Paperback – 2009-05-18
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  • Japan's Remilitarisation

    By Christopher W. Hughes

    Is Japan on a path towards assuming a greater military role internationally, or has the recent military normalisation ground to a halt since the premiership of Junichiro Koizumi? In this book, Christopher W. Hughes assesses developments in defence expenditure, civil–military relations, domestic and…

    Paperback – 2009-04-17
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  • Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency

    By Ahmed S. Hashim

    From 2003 to 2008, the Sunni Arab insurgency in Iraq posed a key challenge to political stability in the country and to Coalition objectives there. This paper explains the onset, composition and evolution of this insurgency. It begins by addressing both its immediate and deeper sociopolitical…

    Paperback – 2009-02-20
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  • European Military Crisis Management

    Connecting Ambition and Reality

    By Bastian Giegerich

    International demand for military crisis-management missions continues to grow and demand for troops continues to outstrip supply. Like other Western democracies, European Union member states, because of their wealth, relative military competence and commitment to human rights, bear a particular…

    Paperback – 2009-02-06
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  • Joining al-Qaeda

    Jihadist Recruitment in Europe

    By Peter R. Neumann

    In Britain alone, several thousand young Muslims are thought to be part of violent extremist networks. How did they become involved? What are the mechanisms and dynamics through which European Muslims join al-Qaeda and groups inspired by al-Qaeda? This paper explains the processes whereby European…

    Paperback – 2009-02-01
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  • Perspectives on International Security

    Speeches and Papers for the 50th Anniversary Year of the International Institute for Strategic Studies

    Edited by Alexander Nicoll, Tim Huxley

    Like most years in the 50-year history of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), 2008 saw events that could have significant consequences for international relations and global balances of power. These included the election of Barack Obama as US president; the brief war in…

    Paperback – 2009-02-01
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  • The Iranian Nuclear Crisis

    Avoiding worst-case outcomes

    By Mark Fitzpatrick

    This paper explains how Iran developed its nuclear programme to the point where it threatens to achieve a weapons capability within a short time frame, and analyses Western policy responses aimed at forestalling that capability. Key questions are addressed: will the world have to accept an Iranian…

    Paperback – 2008-11-30
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  • Survival 50.5

    Survival 50.5

    First published in 2008. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.…

    Paperback – 2008-09-15
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  • Abolishing Nuclear Weapons

    By George Perkovich, James Acton

    Nuclear disarmament is firmly back on the international agenda. But almost all current thinking on the subject is focused on the process of reducing the number of weapons from thousands to hundreds. This rigorous analysis examines the challenges that exist to abolishing nuclear weapons completely,…

    Paperback – 2008-07-31
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  • Selective Security

    War and the United Nations Security Council since 1945

    By Adam Roberts, Dominik Zaum

    In contrast to the common perception that the United Nations is, or should become, a system of collective security, this paper advances the proposition that the UN Security Council embodies a necessarily selective approach. Analysis of its record since 1945 suggests that the Council cannot address…

    Paperback – 2008-07-31
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  • Survival 50.3

    First published in 2008. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.…

    Paperback – 2008-05-31
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  • Ending Terrorism

    Lessons for defeating al-Qaeda

    By Audrey Kurth Cronin

    Like all other terrorist movements, al-Qaeda will end. While it has traits that exploit and reflect the current international context, it is not utterly without precedent: some aspects of al-Qaeda are unusual, but many are not. Terrorist groups end according to recognisable patterns that have…

    Paperback – 2008-04-30
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  • The Evolution of Strategic Thought

    Classic Adelphi Papers

    Edited by The International Institute for Strategic Studies

    The Adelphi Papers monograph series is the International Institute for Strategic Studies' principal contribution to policy-relevant, original academic research. Collected on the occasion of the Institute's 50th anniversary, the twelve Adelphi Papers in this volume represent some of the finest…

    Hardback – 2008-04-01
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  • Iran under Ahmadinejad

    The Politics of Confrontation

    By Ali M. Ansari

    The election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the presidency of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the summer of 2005 thrust Iran into the international limelight in a way that few would have predicted. Robust, confrontational and given to bombastic rhetoric, Ahmadinejad has drawn condemnation from the West…

    Paperback – 2008-01-10
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  • Military Reform and Democratisation

    Turkish and Indonesian Experiences at the Turn of the Millennium

    By Karabekir Akkoyunlu

    There is no recipe for democratisation that can be readily applied to all countries. Every country presents unique factors that influence the fate of its democratic reforms, which must therefore be evaluated within their specific socio-political, cultural and historical context. Building on this…

    Paperback – 2007-11-15
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