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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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11-20 of 139 results in Adelphi series
  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. Asia’s Naval Expansion

    An Arms Race in the Making

    By Geoffrey Till

    Series: Adelphi series

    The navies of China, India and to a lesser extent Japan are expanding rapidly at present. This has the potential to alter the US-dominated naval balance in Asia-Pacific but it also raises a question: are the region’s powers involved in a naval arms race? Naval development is and always has been a...

    Published December 7th 2012 by Routledge

  6. Weary Policeman

    American Power in an Age of Austerity

    Edited by Dana Allin, Erik Jones

    Series: Adelphi series

    As another presidential election looms, the America’s role in global affairs and security has emerged as one of the campaign’s great battle lines. The struggle not just to define but also to preserve American power is no modern phenomenon: questions of intervention and projection have dominated the...

    Published June 27th 2012 by Routledge

  7. Latin America and the Illusion of Peace

    By David R. Mares

    Series: Adelphi series

    This book explores interstate conflict and its dynamics in the context of Latin America’s contemporary conflict management experience. The myth of Latin America as a region of peace means that each time the use of force rises to the level of global attention (e.g., Ecuador-Peru 1995 or...

    Published May 7th 2012 by Routledge

  8. On Nuclear Deterrence

    The Correspondence of Sir Michael Quinlan

    By Tanya Ogilvie-White

    Series: Adelphi series

    This timely book, published in the lead up to the 2012-14 decision on Trident renewal, makes available for the first time the late Sir Michael Quinlan’s private correspondence on nuclear deterrence. It shows why Sir Michael, as Policy Director and then Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Defence...

    Published April 27th 2012 by Routledge

  9. Drugs, Insecurity and Failed States

    The Problems of Prohibition

    By Nigel Inkster, Virginia Comolli

    Series: Adelphi series

    The world’s wealthiest nations have expended vast blood and treasure in tracking and capturing traffickers, dealers and consumers of narcotics, as well as destroying crops and confiscating shipments. Yet the global trade in illicit drugs is thriving, with no apparent change in the level of...

    Published April 2nd 2012 by Routledge

  10. Nuclear Politics and the Non-Aligned Movement

    Principles vs Pragmatism

    By William Potter, Gaukhar Mukhatzhanova

    Series: Adelphi series

    The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) is the largest and most diverse political grouping of states engaged on issues related to nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament. Drawing on the authors’ first-hand experiences as members of NAM observer-state delegations in NPT and IAEA negotiations, as well as...

    Published February 22nd 2012 by Routledge