• Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: Viewing North Korea vicariously

    22 October 2014.  Despite having followed North Korea off and on for my entire career, I am often reminded of how much I do not know. My conference travel schedule to exotic places took me last week to Preston, in northern England, to attend a scholarly workshop on Korean security. It was the coming-out party, so to speak, for the new International Institute of Korean Studies at the University of Central Lancashire, and...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: Who is first in North Korea, and what’s this about ‘no first use’?

    13 October 2014.  The wait for Kim Jong-un is on day 40. It’s been that long now since his last public appearance on 3 September, watching a concert with his wife and senior officials. As in the biblical sense, 40 days and 40 nights is a long time. The official line of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), as reported by state television in late September, is that the 31-year-old leader is...

  • Strategic Survey

    Chapter 12: Asia-Pacific

    12 September 2014. 

    China: Xi Jinping in the Ascendant
    Japan: Abe’s Radical Agenda
    Korean Peninsula: Impervious North
    Southeast Asia: Major-Power Competition and Domestic Political Flux
    Australia: Abbott’s Regional Forays

  • EU Non Proliferation and Disarmament Conference

    Proliferation Challenges in Northeast Asia and South Asia

    04 September 2014. 

    EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference 2014 Special Session 8
    Chair: Giorgio Franceschini, Research Associate, PRIF/HSFK
    Målfrid Braut-Hegghammer, Assistant Professor, Norwegian Defence University College
    Changsu Kim, Senior Research Fellow, Korea Institute for Defense Analyses
    Hirofumi Tosaki, Senior Research Fellow, Center for the Promotion of Disarmament and Non-Proliferation, Japan Institute of International Affairs

  • Expert Commentary

    Joint US-Korea Academic Studies: What to Do about North Korea

    29 August 2014.  By Mark Fitzpatrick, Director, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme  North Korea is the world’s most troublesome country, brutal at home and a bully abroad. In 2013 it became even more dangerous, both to its neighbors and to its own people. Most worrisome are the nuclear weapons that Pyongyang sees as vital for the preservation of the regime. Although North Korea seems intent on never trading them away for economic or political benefits...

  • Survival

    The Ukraine Crisis and Nuclear Order

    25 July 2014. 

    On some issues, particularly Iran, the fallout has been negligible, yet there is still reason for concern. The gravest dangers are the devaluing of security assurances and cracks in the credibility of extended deterrence.

  • Events

    IISS Workshop - UN Sanctions on North Korea: Prospects and Problems

    09 July 2014. 

    IISS Workshop
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
    9 July 2014

  • Shangri-La Dialogue

    The Future of North Korea: Implications For Regional Security

    31 May 2014. 

    Shangri-La Dialogue 2014 Special Session Five
    Chair: Mark Fitzpatrick, Director, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme, IISS
    Brigadier General (Retd) Lee Sang-chul, Director General, Arms Verification Agency, Ministry of National Defense, Republic of Korea 
    Thomas Countryman, Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation, US 
    Christian Lechervy, Adviser for Strategic Affairs, Asia-Pacific, Office of the President, France
    Dr Alexander Dynkin, Director, Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia

  • Strategic Dossiers

    Regional Security Assessment 2014

    30 May 2014. 

    Key developments and trends in Asia-Pacific security

  • Politics and Strategy

    Brendan Taylor: Is China losing North Korea?

    30 May 2014.  Is China distancing itself from long-standing ally North Korea? Late last year, relations between Pyongyang and Beijing were said to have been further strained by the execution of Jang Song-thaek, an uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and the regime’s point man on China policy. Since then, there has been a slowdown in North Korea’s trade with China, its leading supplier of food and fuel by a long margin...

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