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Adelphi Series

ISSN (printed): 1944-5571. ISSN (electronic): 1944-558X.

The Adelphi series is the Institute's principal contribution to policy-relevant, original academic research. Eight books are published each year and are designed to provide rigorous analysis of strategic and defence topics that will prove useful to academics, researchers, politicians and diplomats, as well as foreign-affairs analysts, defence commentators and journalists. From the very first paper, Alastair Buchan's 'Evolution of NATO' (1961), through Kenneth Waltz's classic 'The Spread of Nuclear Weapons: More May Be Better' (1981), to influential additions to the series such as Mats Berdal's 'Disarmament and Demobilisation after Civil Wars' (1996) and Lawrence Freedman's 'The Revolution in Strategic Affairs' (1998), the Adelphi series have provided detailed, nuanced analysis of key security issues, serving to inform opinion, stimulate debate and challenge conventional thinking. The series includes both thematic studies and papers on specific national and regional security problems. Since 2003, the Adelphi series topics have included 'Strategic Implications of HIV/AIDS', 'Protecting Critical Infrastructures Against Cyber-Attack', 'The Future of Africa: A New Order in Sight', 'Human Rights and Counter-terrorism in America's Asia Policy', 'Somalia: State Collapse and the Threat of Terrorism', 'Counter-terrorism: Containment and Beyond', 'Japan's Re-emergence as a "Normal" Military Power', and 'Weapons of Mass Destruction and International Order'. Adelphi's permit the IISS both to remain responsive to events and to contribute significantly not only to debate on strategic affairs but also to the development of policy. While the format of Adelphi's has evolved over the years, through their authoritative substance and persuasive arguments recent issues have manintained the tradition of the series.

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