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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.

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  1. China's Strong Arm

    Protecting Citizens and Assets Abroad

    By Jonas Parello-Plesner, Mathieu Duchâtel

    Series: Adelphi series

    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...

    Published May 14th 2015 by Routledge

  2. Spoiler Groups and UN Peacekeeping

    By Peter Nadin, Patrick Cammaert, Vesselin Popovski

    Series: Adelphi series

    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...

    Published March 3rd 2015 by Routledge

  3. Power Shifts and New Blocs in the Global Trading System

    By Sanjaya Baru

    Series: Adelphi series

    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...

    Published March 3rd 2015 by Routledge

  4. Paper Tigers

    China’s Nuclear Posture

    By Jeffrey G. Lewis

    Series: Adelphi series

    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...

    Published December 18th 2014 by Routledge

  5. Paper Tigers

    China’s Nuclear Posture

    By Jeffrey Lewis

    Series: Adelphi series

    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...

    Published October 28th 2014 by Routledge

  6. The Ties that Divide

    History, Honour and Territory in Sino-Japanese Relations

    By William Choong

    Series: Adelphi series

    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...

    Published October 10th 2014 by Routledge

  7. Beyond Air–Sea Battle

    The Debate Over US Military Strategy in Asia

    By Aaron L. Friedberg

    Series: Adelphi series

    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....

    Published May 8th 2014 by Routledge

  8. Overcoming Pakistan’s Nuclear Dangers

    By Mark Fitzpatrick

    Series: Adelphi series

    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...

    Published March 20th 2014 by Routledge

  9. Food Security in Asia

    Challenges, Policies and Implications

    By Monika Barthwal-Datta

    Series: Adelphi series

    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...

    Published March 5th 2014 by Routledge

  10. Arctic Opening

    Insecurity And Opportunity

    By Christian LeMiere, Jeffrey Mazo

    Series: Adelphi series

    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...

    Published January 14th 2014 by Routledge