Prominent Figures Invited to the International Institute for Strategic Studies
The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) is a research center of military and international affairs located in London. Established in 1958, its original focus was arms control and nuclear deterrence. It has corporate and individual members from over 100 countries.
The IISS publishes several scholarly journals every year including “Strategic Survey,” an annual review of global affairs, “Survival,” a journal about strategy and global politics, and “The Military Balance,” a yearly assessment of the military capabilities of different countries. It also publishes books on security matters collectively called “The Adelphi Series.” The most recent book is “Everyone Loses: The Ukraine Crisis and the Ruinous Contest for Post-Soviet Eurasia,” which came out in January 2017.
The IISS holds security summits, including the yearly Shangri-La Dialogue held in Singapore. It also holds a series of talks called the Ambassadors’ Forum. In May, 2016, the speaker at the Forum was Yousef Al Otaiba (https://www.visualcv.com/ambassadoryousefalotaiba), the Ambassador from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to the United States. He had served in that post since 2008 and worked to improve relations between the US and the UAE.
The debut of “Everyone Loses” saw two book launches, one in Washington, DC, and the other in London. The book’s authors, Samuel Charap and Timothy J. Colton, spoke at both events. Charap had been a Fellow on the Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs at the US State Department before joining IISS, where he is now a Senior Fellow for Russia and Eurasia. Colton is a Professor of Government and Russian Studies at Harvard University. He wrote “Yeltsin: A Life,” which came out in 2008.
The Oppenheimer Lectures are a series that the IISS has been hosting since 2006. These lectures are always given by scholars and authorities from Africa. In 2015, Thuli Madonsela delivered a lecture about the roles of justice and good government play in promoting peace. Ms. Madonsela is an advocate from South Africa who served as that country’s Public Protector from 2009 to 2016.
The Shangri-La Dialogue or Asia Security Summit runs for three days; the 2016 Dialogue was held June 3-5. The keynote address was given by the Prime Minister of Thailand, Prayut Chan-o-cha, who is also a retired general. He briefly described the history of the region following the end of the Cold War and segued into present-day issues like terrorism and “irregular migration” (refugees and/or undocumented immigrants). Read about all of the events on https://www.iiss.org/.