Survival, the IISS’s bimonthly journal, challenges conventional wisdom and brings fresh, often controversial, perspectives on strategic issues of the moment.

In this issue:

  • Lawrence Freedman assesses Russia’s nuclear red line and how Vladimir Putin’s views compare to those of Russian pundits
  • Steven Simon and Jonathan Stevenson explore the roots of Hamas’s attack on Israel on 7 October, and the options available to the United States for restraining the Israeli government
  • Charlie Laderman assesses the similarities between December 1941 – when Germany and Japan, determining it to be inevitable, declared war on the US – and the ongoing geopolitical crises governments face today
  • Sara Bjerg Moller reflects on NATO allies’ failure to deliver on national collective-defence targets as the Alliance approaches its 75th anniversary
  • Lynn Kuok explores China’s reshaping of international law to achieve its strategic goals, and other countries’ failure to do so
  • And seven more thought-provoking pieces, as well as our regular Book Reviews and Noteworthy column.

Editor: Dr Dana Allin

Managing Editor: Jonathan Stevenson

Associate Editor: Carolyn West

Editorial Assistant: Conor Hodges

chapter |9 pages

The Gaza War and the Region

chapter |22 pages

Slouching Towards a Nuclear Gomorrah

chapter |20 pages

China's Legal Diplomacy

part |7 pages

Review Essay

part |21 pages

Book Reviews

chapter |7 pages


chapter |6 pages

United States

part |9 pages

Closing Argument