Since 1961, the Adelphi Papers have provided some of the most perceptive and
prescient analyses of international affairs, strategic issues and contemporary security
questions. Produced by the world-renowned International Institute for Strategic
Studies, each paper provides a concise assessment of a topical, security-related subject
by a leading strategic studies expert, policy-maker or military figure. The project reprints the first forty years of Adelphi Papers, arranged in regional and thematic sets.
The collection as a whole provides a rich and insightful investigation of international security
affairs during a period spanning much of the Cold War, the collapse of the Soviet bloc and
the emergence of a new global regime in which the United States is the sole superpower.
There is a wealth of international coverage, including:
BL Four volumes on East and Southeast Asia, as well as individual volumes on China,
Japan and Korea A particular focus on the Middle East, with volumes addressing: domestic sources of
instability in regional states; geopolitics and the role of the superpowers; the
IsraelPalestine conflict; and the IranIraq War and the first Gulf War
BL Two volumes on Africa, the locus of extensive inter-state and internal conflict.
Through the Adelphi Papers the IISS has made a unique contribution to the understanding of defence and military issues, and this is reflected in the coverage of topics such as urban and guerilla warfare, nuclear deterrence and the role of information in modern warfare. Volumes on military strategy are complemented by analyses from other disciplinary directions suchas