• Expert Commentary

    38 North: North Korea–Iran Missile Cooperation

    26 September 2016.  Are Pyongyang and Tehran collaborating on ballistic-missile development? Michael Elleman, IISS Consulting Senior Fellow for Missile Defence, looks at the science behind recent speculation, offering a detailed analysis of the missile designs employed by each country to ascertain whether such collaboration is indeed taking place.

  • Survival

    EU–Iran Relations After Brexit

    12 September 2016. 

    The impending exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union paves the way for strategic EU–Iran engagement that is separate from UK–Iran talks.

  • Strategic Comments

    India and Pakistan’s evolving relationships with the Gulf

    08 September 2016. 

    The relationships of South Asian rivals India and Pakistan with Gulf countries are evolving and strengthening. India’s focus has shifted towards security and defence cooperation, though it does not seek a dominant or partisan role. Pakistan will continue to try to balance its relations with Gulf Arab states and those with Iran, while its most important bilateral relationship will continue to be with Saudi Arabia.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: No, Iran was not advantaged by clarification of nuclear limits

    05 September 2016.  On 1 September, David Albright and Andrea Stricker of the Institute for Science and International Security – the ‘good’ ISIS, according to its Twitter handle – triggered renewed criticism of last year’s Iran nuclear accord by claiming that Iran was secretly granted exemptions to the limits imposed by the deal. The authors suggest this was done in order to allow Iran to be in compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan...

  • Expert Commentary

    War on the Rocks: "Assad or we burn the country"

    24 August 2016.  By Emile Hokayem, Senior Fellow for Middle East Security Prior to the uprising that ignited in Syria in 2011, whenever I discussed politics with my urbanite Syrian interlocutors, they would often tell me: "You, the Lebanese, you are violent, corrupt, sectarian, with no sense of a nation or a state." (I also noted that Iraqis would endure similar lecturing). Frankly, they were largely right, but their real point lay somewhere else. The...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: Russia, Iran and the air-base deal that wasn’t

    23 August 2016.  The abruptness with which Russian use of an Iranian air base was halted this week is a reminder that the two nations are not so much allies as partners in a marriage of convenience. The episode is also a reminder of Iran–US military cooperation not so long ago, a high point in relations that offers a beacon for the future. On 16 August, a foreboding headline in the Washington Post...

  • Expert Commentary

    ISNA: Mark Fitzpatrick – Next US president won't be able to waive the JCPOA

    22 August 2016.  An interview with Mark Fitzpatrick, Director, Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Policy Programme; Executive Director, IISS–Americas TEHRAN (ISNA) – Former Deputy to US Secretary of State Mark Fitzpatrick said that because JCPOA is an eight-party deal, next US president will not waive it. Q: In your opinion, does JCPOA made any changes in Iran's role and power in the region? If so, is it tactical or strategic? A: Being limited to the nuclear matters, the...

  • Expert Commentary

    Tehran Times: Fitzpatrick – JCPOA has been a success so far

    31 July 2016.  An interview with Mark Fitzpatrick, Director, Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Policy Programme; Executive Director, IISS–Americas Mark Fitzpatrick, director of the non-proliferation program at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), says the nuclear deal between Iran and great powers, officially called the JCPOA, has been a "success" so far as the sides have respected their obligations. However Fitzpatrick defends the report by the UN secretary general about the Resolution 2231 which endorsed the...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: Keep the Iran nuclear deal going strong

    25 July 2016.  The first anniversary this month of the Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), occasioned predictable assessments. Whether one thinks the deal is succeeding mostly depends on what one thought of the deal at the time. Those (like me) who applauded the agreement a year ago have expressed satisfaction that, so far, it has done exactly what it set out to do in effectively blocking...

  • IISS Voices

    Paulina Izewicz: UN walks a fine line in new Iran report

    22 July 2016.  A first, carefully-worded UN report on the Iran deal was released on 18 July. While, to all intents and purposes, it contains little new information, it has nonetheless elicited some criticism from Iran, Russia and the United States.

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