25 November 2014.
North Korea poses an array of security threats to its neighbours and the wider world, and these threats continue to grow. But for a short period this autumn, North Korea appeared to be making efforts on nearly every front to improve its image.
06 November 2014.
IISS-US Lecture Series
Christian Le Mière
Senior Fellow for Naval Forces and Maritime Security, IISS
IISS-US, Washington DC
Thursday 06 November 2014
30 October 2014.
Presentation by Mark Fitzpatrick, Director, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme, IISS, at the Seoul Defense Dialogue, Seoul, October 2014.
Compared to the intensity of conflict over the long sweep of history, we live in a peaceful age. Notwithstanding the organised violence in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, the ill-disguised hostilities in Ukraine and the civil strife elsewhere in the world that comes to our attention daily, courtesy of intrepid journalists and our global connectivity, both...
Politics and Strategy
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
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...
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
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
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...
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.
09 July 2014.
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
9 July 2014