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We are a world-leading authority on global security, political risk and military conflict. We were founded in 1958, and have offices in London, Washington, Singapore and Bahrain.

We are a world-leading authority on global security, political risk and military conflict. We were founded in 1958, and have offices in London, Washington, Singapore and Bahrain.
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We are a world-leading authority on global security, political risk and military conflict. We were founded in 1958, and have offices in London, Washington, Singapore and Bahrain.

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English


Episodes

Episode 10: Humanitarian norms and civilian protection in armed conflict

5/9/2019
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Dr Francesca Grandi, IISS Senior Fellow for Conflict, Security and Development and Editor of the Armed Conflict Survey 2019, joins Dr Kori Schake for this episode of Sounds Strategic. In this episode, Francesca and Kori discuss the great power dynamics currently unfolding in the Central African Republic with Russia’s growing presence and influence in the Middle East and Africa. Francesca explains Russia’s role in the conflict in CAR and the obstacles to the country’s stabilisation despite...

Duration:00:35:38

Episode 9: The geopolitics of nuclear energy

4/25/2019
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Névine Schepers, IISS Research Associate for Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Policy, joins Dr Kori Schake for this episode of Sounds Strategic. Névine and Kori discuss recent developments relating to the civil nuclear export market, highlighting how innovations in legal structures and instruments to safeguard against nuclear proliferation have advanced the cause of non-proliferation. Their lively discussion ranges from analysis of Saudi Arabia’s civil nuclear energy programme, Egypt’s nuclear...

Duration:00:29:30

Episode 8: Military capabilities and great power competition in the 21st century

4/12/2019
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Henry Boyd, IISS Research Fellow for Defence and Military Analysis, joins Dr Kori Schake for this episode of Sounds Strategic. In this episode, Kori and Henry explore the military dimensions of the new great power competition emerging between a declining United States, a resurgent Russia and a rising China and their implications for international security and defence. They also discuss the impact Russian intervention in Syria has had on contemporary concepts of the legitimate use of force...

Duration:00:33:13

Episode 7: Understanding the Middle East

3/28/2019
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Emile Hokayem, IISS Senior Fellow for Middle East Security, joins Dr Kori Schake for this episode of Sounds Strategic. Emile and Kori give a masterclass in understanding the Middle East and political violence. Emile explains the misconceptions surrounding the state of Iraq before the 2003 invasion, what non-proliferation experts miss about Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons, and the problematic notion that Iran and Saudi Arabia can and should share the Middle East, thus making it...

Duration:00:33:37

Episode 6: How to think about China

3/14/2019
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Meia Nouwens, IISS Research Fellow for Chinese Defence Policy and Military Modernisation, joins Dr Kori Schake for this episode of Sounds Strategic. Meia and Kori discuss the economic and intellectual property antagonisms of China’s military development, and the wider economic strategy implications of its goal to become a military world leader by 2030. China seems to have ‘activated the antibodies against [its] continued success’, suggests Kori, referring to the renationalisation of...

Duration:00:20:28

Episode 5: From holiday destinations to vital nations? The new importance of South Asian islands

2/28/2019
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Viraj Solanki, IISS Research Analyst for South Asia, joins Dr Kori Schake for this episode of Sounds Strategic. Viraj and Kori discuss the distinct breadth and depth of research produced by the IISS South Asia Programme. Viraj explains how recent events in the Maldives and Seychelles reflect a geopolitical renaissance for small island nations in South Asia. Set within the context of China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), Viraj highlights the new importance of small power relations...

Duration:00:30:21

Episode 4: The INF Treaty and the future of arms control

2/14/2019
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Douglas Barrie, IISS Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace, joins Dr Kori Schake for this episode of Sounds Strategic. This new series aims to highlight the breadth and depth of analytical and intellectual talent at the IISS. In this episode, Kori and Douglas examine recent developments relating to the US withdrawal from the INF Treaty, an agreement that has represented the ‘high water mark of arms control’. Discussion ranges from IISS analysis of the likelihood of Russia being in violation,...

Duration:00:36:57

Episode 3: Elections in the DRC and coercive radicalisation in armed conflict

1/30/2019
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IISS Research Analyst for Conflict, Security and Development, Dr Eleanor Beevor joins Dr Kori Schake for this episode of Sounds Strategic. With a research focus on East Africa, Eleanor is well-placed to discuss a region that has experienced significant developments in the turn of the year, including the aftermath of recent elections in the DRC. Eleanor’s expertise in the coercive methods of indoctrination and radicalisation in Uganda by the Lord’s Resistance Army under Joseph Kony allows for...

Duration:00:26:27

Episode 2: A multidisciplinary approach to armed conflict and the myth of ‘ungoverned spaces’

1/30/2019
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IISS Senior Fellow for Conflict, Security and Development Virginia Comolli joins Dr Kori Schake for this episode of Sounds Strategic. Leading a team with incredible multidisciplinary strengths, Virginia presents a wide range of issues related to the state of modern conflict in Africa. From explaining the crisis in Cameroon, evaluating the spread of democratic values in the African continent, and debunking the myth of ‘ungoverned spaces’, Virginia explores the variety and depth of her work,...

Duration:00:22:34

Episode 1: NATO and the prospects of European strategic autonomy

1/30/2019
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Dr Bastian Giegerich, IISS Director of Defence and Military Analysis, joins Dr Kori Schake for the first episode of Sounds Strategic. This new series aims to highlight the breadth and depth of analytical and intellectual talent at the IISS. In each episode, Kori will interview one of the Institute’s researchers about their area of expertise, and how they first got involved in the study of international security and defence. They share reading recommendations and discuss impactful data...

Duration:00:29:14