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With Trump in the Oval Office, the world’s direction is a known unknown
Nov17

With Trump in the Oval Office, the world’s direction is a known unknown

Credit must be given, however grudgingly, where it is due. To paraphrase Donald Rumsfeld, one of the jokers in the Bush pack, we are now awash with a great plethora of known unknowns.  With Donald Trump set to become American president come 20 January 2017, the world is entering an unknown territory, according to the International Institute for Strategic Studies. In the forthcoming edition of the IISS journal Survival, eminent US...

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Iran nuclear deal: The view from IISS
Jul22

Iran nuclear deal: The view from IISS

Few nuclear agreements in the technology’s history have been so transformative for the protagonists as the Iran nuclear agreement. Not only has the 14 July 2015 deal plucked Iran out of international isolation (as perceived in the West, though Iran never was ostracised internationally as such) it has also brought the industrial world arrayed against it the promise, as Iran reopens to western business, of timely relief from its...

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Has ISIL ‘overplayed’ its hand? The view from IISS think tank
Feb05

Has ISIL ‘overplayed’ its hand? The view from IISS think tank

Has the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, also known under various other identities and acronyms (IS, ISIS etc), overplayed its hand with the videoed burning to death of Jordanian air force pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh? London think tank International Institute for Strategic Studies believes so. In a comment by Ben Fishman, consulting senior fellow for the Middle East and North Africa at the privately run Institute, the think tank cited the...

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