• IISS Voices

    Mark Fitzpatrick: Mystery explosion at Iran's Parchin military complex

    10 October 2014.  Reports of an explosion or fire at the Parchin military complex in Iran have again raised questions about the country's nuclear facilities. Parchin is where Iran is suspected of conducting nuclear weapons-related experiments. Mark Fitzpatrick, Director of the Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme at IISS, has told BBC News that after so much international attention on the complex in recent years, 'it's unlikely that Iran would still be using it for nuclear...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: Nuclear latency with an attitude

    07 October 2014.  ‘Who coined the term “Japan model”?’, plaintively asked a participant at a workshop on nuclear latency at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington on 2 October. Panellists speaking about Iran’s and Brazil’s nuclear programmes respectively had both used the term to describe the aspirations of those countries for acquiring advanced civilian nuclear technologies. Like Japan, both want to expand uranium enrichment unhindered. Brazil’s case raises its own set of questions, such...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: The Iran nuclear talks – a view from London

    03 October 2014.  I am happy to be back in the United States, but I do like living in London. For those who prefer moderation, the weather is rarely ever too hot or too cold. The political weather is moderate, too. When the northern bits of the island threatened to break the 307-year union, Westminster’s response was to show its love by flying Scottish flags. British political parties quibble on many matters, but...

  • Expert Commentary

    Mark Fitzpatrick: The Iran nuclear talks – a view from London

    02 October 2014.  I am happy to be back in the US, but I do like living in London. For those who prefer moderation, the weather is rarely ever too hot or too cold. The political weather is moderate, too. When the northern bits of the island threatened to break the 300-year union, Westminster’s response was to show its love by flying Scottish flags. British political parties quibble on many matters, but not...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Gary Samore: The Future of the Iran Nuclear Negotiations

    29 September 2014.  Earlier this month I gave a talk at the IISS Global Strategic Review in Oslo, focusing on the status of the P5+1 negotiations with Iran and in particular the prospects for completing a comprehensive agreement by the deadline of November 24. Since then I've spent some days in New York for events around the UN General Assembly opening. My conversations there confirmed my fairly pessimistic prognosis for a November deal, so what...

  • Military Balance Blog

    Christian Le Miere: China’s maritime diplomacy in the Persian Gulf

    21 September 2014.  By Christian Le Mière, Senior Fellow for Naval Forces and Maritime Security On 20 September 2014, two ships from the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) pulled alongside in Bandar Abbas, Iran. The port call, led by the Type-052C destroyer Changchun, came ahead of joint exercises in the Persian Gulf due to start on 22 September. Changchun is the PLAN’s flagship for its 17th deployment on counter-piracy duties in the Gulf of Aden...

  • GSR

    Iran: Towards an Endgame?

    20 September 2014. 

    Global Strategic Review 2014 Second Plenary Session
    Seyed Hossein Mousavian, Former Head, Foreign Relations Committee, Supreme National Security Council, Iran,  
    Professor Ghassan Salamé, Dean, Paris School of International Affairs, Sciences Po; Member of the Council, IISS
    Dr Gary Samore Former White House Coordinator for Arms Control and Weapons of Mass Destruction

  • GSR

    Iran -Towards an Endgame: Gary Samore

    20 September 2014. 

    Global Strategic Review 2014 Second Plenary Session
    Dr Gary Samore Former White House Coordinator for Arms Control and Weapons of Mass Destruction

  • GSR

    Iran -Towards an Endgame:Plenary Discusson

    20 September 2014. 

    Global Strategic Review 2014 Second Plenary Session
    Seyed Hossein Mousavian, Former Head, Foreign Relations Committee, Supreme National Security Council, Iran,  
    Professor Ghassan Salamé, Dean, Paris School of International Affairs, Sciences Po; Member of the Council, IISS
    Dr Gary Samore Former White House Coordinator for Arms Control and Weapons of Mass Destruction

  • Expert Commentary

    Mark Fitzpatrick: Dangers of nuclear proliferation in the Middle East

    17 September 2014.  Presentation by Mark Fitzpatrick, Director, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme, IISS, at the Conference on Arabian Gulf and Regional Challenges, Riyadh, September 2014 Among unconventional and asymmetrical challenges, nuclear weapons are the most destructive and most worrisome. In the Middle East, the establishment of a zone free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction is a long-desired goal. It is regrettable that there been no progress toward fulfilling this ambition. This is...

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