• Events

    Assessing the (Presumptive) Iran Nuclear Deal

    10 July 2015. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Mark Fitzpatrick
    Director, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme, IISS
    Arundel House, London
    Friday 10 July 2015, 1-2pm

  • Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: Verifying an Iran nuclear deal

    25 June 2015.  Discussions in Vienna this week confirmed for me two things concerning verification of Iran’s nuclear programme by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Firstly, no deal can be acceptable that would preclude the agency’s future access to military sites or nuclear scientists. Demands by the Iranian parliament, the Supreme Leader and Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps commanders to prohibit such access must be rejected. Secondly, Iranian failure to account fully for...

  • Expert Commentary

    Tehran Times: Iran, major powers will agree on comprehensive deal this summer

    22 June 2015.  Interview with Mark Fitzpatrick, Director, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme Mark Fitzpatrick, director of the non-proliferation program at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), believes that Iran and the major powers will agree on a “comprehensive” nuclear deal this summer because “both sides have made significant compromises”.  “I believe that a comprehensive agreement will be reached this summer, although probably not by the 30 June deadline. Both sides have made significant compromises,” Fitzpatrick...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: Limiting Iran’s nuclear R&D

    19 June 2015.  Among the several reasons I was pleasantly surprised by the 2 April Lausanne accord was that Iran agreed not to use anything other than first-generation centrifuges to enrich uranium for ten years. The IR-1 is the Model T of the centrifuge industry – clunky, slow and prone to break-down. Given its limited efficiency, keeping Iran’s programme restricted for now to the IR-1 is a significant confidence-building measure. Not long ago...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: Inspecting Iran anywhere, but not anytime

    16 June 2015.  One of the most vexing issues remaining to be negotiated between Iran and the six major powers regards future inspector access to military sites. From a Western perspective, it is a no-brainer that Iran should not be able to hide nuclear-weapons work at military bases. Iran, on the other hand, has a legitimate need to protect military secrets that are unrelated to illicit nuclear activity. No sovereign country, especially one...

  • Events

    The Strategic Implications of the Iran Nuclear Deal

    04 June 2015. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Mark Fitzpatrick
    Director, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme, IISS
    Dr Trita Parsi
    President, National Iranian American Council
    IISS-US, Washington DC
    Thursday, 4 June 2015

  • 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. 

    Webinar
    Mark Fitzpatrick, Director, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme
    Wednesday 20 May 2015

  • 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. 

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