• Politics and Strategy

    Pre-empting a North Korean ICBM test

    09 January 2017.  Donald Trump recently tweeted that North Korea will not finish development of a nuclear missile capable of reaching the United States, but how he would enforce such a red line is unclear. Options for military pre-emption of North Korean missile launches should not be discussed in a cavalier manner, nor without regional consultation.

  • Expert Commentary

    North Korea: Obama's Prime Nonproliferation Failure

    03 January 2017.  Barack Obama has struggled to contain North Korea's growing nuclear threat. Mark Fitzpatrick, executive director of IISS-Americas, looks back on eight difficult years.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: On Trump and North Korea

    25 November 2016.  After presidential elections, a habitual Washington parlour game calls for assessing the incoming administration’s policies before they have been announced and before the key players have even been appointed. Mark Fitzpatrick shares his views about President-elect Donald Trump’s options in dealing with North Korea.

  • Strategic Comments

    North Korea: US and allied military options

    02 November 2016. 

    North Korean nuclear bomb and ballistic missile tests may require the United States and its regional allies to take a harder look at military options against North Korea. Pre-emptive or preventive attack is fraught with downsides. But uncertainties surrounding deterrence and worries about potential North Korean brinkmanship could keep that option salient.

  • Strategic Comments

    North Korea’s fifth nuclear test

    05 October 2016. 

    North Korea conducted its fifth and most powerful nuclear test on 9 September, and is moving towards mounting a nuclear bomb on ballistic missiles of increasing range. The Obama administration's policy of strategic patience may now be insufficient. Pyongyang is unlikely to restrain its nuclear bomb and ballistic missile development in the absence of greater US and Chinese assertiveness and more creative strategies.

  • 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.

  • IISS Voices

    Matthew Cottee: North Korea’s fifth nuclear test: time to take its nuclear status seriously?

    09 September 2016.  Even though North Korea’s latest nuclear test was widely forecast to happen, there is no clear indication of what the international response will, or could, comprise. As Matthew Cottee explains, the US has promised ‘serious consequences’ and South Korean President Park Geun-hye has referred to Kim Jong-un’s ‘maniacal recklessness’ as a step towards self-destruction, but there are few indications of how these condemnations will translate into substantive policy.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: A welcome North Korean defection

    19 August 2016.  At a London think tank two years ago, I had an argument with a North Korean diplomat. Fed up with his ambassador's peace-loving protestations and the polite questions put to him by the largely British audience, I broke protocol and asked what possible purpose was served by his nation calling the leader of the free world a ‘wicked black monkey’. Afterwards, the embassy's number two official took me aside to explain that the North Korean...

  • Events

    IISS Shangri-La Dialogue 2016 Retrospective: Nuclear Developments in North Korea

    20 July 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Seok-soo Lee, Director-General, Research Institute for National Security Affairs, Korea National Defense University
    Kongdan (Katy) Oh, Senior Asia Specialist, Institute for Defense Analyses
    IISS–Americas, Washington DC
    Wednesday 20 July 2016, 10–11.00AM EDT

  • Events

    Nuclear Proliferation Success and Failure: Iran and North Korea

    14 July 2016. 

    IISS Webinar
    Mark Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, IISS–Americas
    Thursday 14 July 2016, 10–11AM BST

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