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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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1-10 of 135 results in Adelphi series
  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. The Power of Currencies and Currencies of Power

    By Alan Wheatley

    Series: Adelphi series

    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...

    Published December 17th 2013 by Routledge

  8. Syria’s Uprising and the Fracturing of the Levant

    By Emile Hokayem

    Series: Adelphi series

    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,...

    Published June 7th 2013 by Routledge

  9. Regional Disorder

    The South China Sea Disputes

    By Sarah Raine, Christian Le Mière

    Series: Adelphi series

    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...

    Published March 11th 2013 by Routledge

  10. Iraq – From War to a New Authoritarianism

    By Toby Dodge

    Series: Adelphi series

    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...

    Published January 16th 2013 by Routledge

Forthcoming Books

  1. Asia’s Power Dynamics: Military Change and its Geopolitical Effects
    By Desmond Ball, Raja C. Mohan, Tim Huxley, Adam Ward
    To Be Published July 30th 2015

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