• Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: Who needs an Iran nuclear deal more?

    22 May 2015.  When negotiators in Lausanne on 2 April reached a framework for a comprehensive deal on the Iran nuclear issue, they allowed themselves 89 days to finish up the details before the 30 June deadline. More than half of that time has now passed. But rather than making steady progress in bridging the remaining gaps, the parties seem to be drifting further apart. I may be wrong about this, because the...

  • Events

    Assessing the Iran Nuclear Deal

    20 May 2015. 

    Mark Fitzpatrick, Director, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme
    Wednesday 20 May 2015, 3-4pm

  • Expert Commentary

    Reuters: Iran and its Arab neighbors must talk, they can start with nuclear safety

    15 May 2015.  By Mark Fitzpatrick, Director, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme As both U.S. and Iranian military advisers work in Iraq to stop Islamic State forces, their uneasy coexistence underscores how difficult it is to defuse the conflicts roiling the Middle East. To make any headway, Iran must be engaged as a partner. And this engagement starts with Tehran’s Gulf Arab neighbors. The antipathy between predominantly Shi’ite Iran and its neighbors in the largely Sunni...

  • IISS Voices

    Paulina Izewicz: Iran talks and the Congress factor

    15 May 2015. 

  • Survival


    11 May 2015.  The Lausanne accord buys time, but will be only one step in a long process of neutralising Iran’s nuclear challenge.

  • Events

    Strange Bedfellows: Shifting Alliances in the Middle East

    28 April 2015. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Sir John Jenkins, Executive Director, IISS-Middle East
    Emile Hokayem, Senior Fellow for Regional Security, IISS-Middle East
    IISS-US, Washington DC
    Tuesday 28 April 2015

  • Strategic Comments

    Slow disarmament progress will hamper NPT review

    24 April 2015. 

    The month-long NPT 'RevCon' will take place against the background of several regional confrontations and conflicts. Recent agreement in talks on Iran's nuclear programme may generate some optimism, but Russia's actions in Ukraine have considerably altered threat perceptions in the West.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Douglas Barrie: Iran’s 'indigenous‘ cruise-missile design underscores Kh-55 heritage

    15 April 2015.  By Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace Some 14 years after illegally acquiring at least six Raduga Kh-55 (NATO reporting name: AS-15 Kent) cruise missiles from Ukraine (China at the same time acquired six Kh-55s through the same Ukrainian sources), and in the wake of reports that it was developing cruise-missile technologies, Iran revealed the result of its efforts for the first time in early March 2015. The Soumar cruise...

  • IISS Voices

    Hebatalla Taha: The power struggle in Yemen and its paradoxical alliances

    14 April 2015.  A full-blown civil war erupted in Yemen when the Houthis marched to Aden on 22 March, sparking confrontations with southern militias. The war is essentially a power struggle between the Houthis, allied with former president Ali Abdullah Saleh and President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, supported by various Yemeni militias, but several paradoxical alliances reflect the complex and multi-factional nature of this conflict.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: Five ways the Iran talks will help the NPT RevCon

    13 April 2015.  When states assemble in New York on 27 April for a four-week-long quinquennial review of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), there will be ample ground for discord. The recommendations for action that were agreed upon by consensus at the last review conference (RevCon) remain largely unfulfilled. There will be griping aplenty that the five states allowed nuclear weapons under the treaty have made few tangible steps towards disarmament in this...

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