• Adelphi Books

    Chapter 1: Republic of Korea

    02 February 2016. 

    While South Korea may be the most likely candidate to emerge as a new nuclear-armed state, it would be foolhardy for both economic and security reasons, in equal measures counterproductive and unnecessary.

  • Events

    Double take: the Iran nuclear deal and North Korea’s nuclear test

    19 January 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Dr Gary Samore, Executive Director for Research, The Belfer Center at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
    Arundel House, London
    Tuesday 19 January 2016, 12.30-1.30pm

  • IISS Voices

    Matthew Cottee: New sanctions unlikely to deter North Korean nuclear posturing

    18 January 2016.  Having apparently been able to advance both its nuclear and missile programmes under existing bans, the DPRK seems happy to remain internationally isolated

  • IISS Voices

    Mark Fitzpatrick: North Korea - Nuclear bombs and bombast

    06 January 2016.  The nuclear test carried out by North Korea on 6 January is unlikely to have been of the powerful hydrogen bomb it claims. Nevertheless, the blast increases North Korea’s confidence that it has a useable device

  • EU Non Proliferation and Disarmament Conference

    The EU, China and Non-Proliferation: From Iran to North Korea?

    11 November 2015. 

    EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference 2015 Special Session 4
    Chair: Erwin Häckel, Associate Fellow, German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) 
    Fabienne Pehuet Lucet, Independent Consultant
    Bong Geun Jun, Professor, Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security, Korean National Diplomatic Academy
    Hamad Alkaabi, Permanent Representative of the UAE to the IAEA

  • IISS Voices

    William Choong: Abe's security bills represent evolution not revolution

    01 October 2015.  The prime minister's move to increase the role of the Japanese Self-Defense Forces has caused controversy, but the country long ago moved away from a pacifist stance

  • Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: Iran deal leaves N. Korea alone in rogue states club

    23 July 2015.  North Korea’s rejection of an Iran-style nuclear deal, as conveyed by a Foreign Ministry spokesman on July 21, came as no surprise. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is different from Iran, he said, and its nuclear weapons programme 'is not up for bargain'. The differences are indeed vast. Whereas Iran’s official policy is to reject nuclear weapons as haram (forbidden), North Korea’s nuclear-armed status is enshrined in its constitution and...

  • Shangri-La Voices

    Mark Fitzpatrick: The country that keeps one up at night

    29 May 2015.  By Mark Fitzpatrick, Director, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme In a recent interview, Admiral Harry Harris Jr, who is participating in the Shangri-La Dialogue just after assuming leadership of the US Pacific Command, called North Korea ‘the greatest threat we face’ and the country that keeps him ‘up at night’. The nuclear challenge that Pyongyang presents to its immediate neighbours is supplemented by land- and sea-based ballistic-missile programmes that are being developed to...

  • Strategic Dossiers

    Asia-Pacific Regional Security Assessment 2015

    29 May 2015. 

    Key developments and trends in Asia-Pacific security

  • Shangri-La Voices

    Matthew Cottee: North Korea - Are more sanctions the answer?

    27 May 2015.  By Matthew Cottee, Research Associate, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme In response to North Korea’s test of a prototype submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) earlier this month, US Secretary of State John Kerry suggested that the existing sanctions regime should be extended to curb further progress in Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programmes. Although the effectiveness of this approach may be questioned, are there any viable alternatives? In a 9 May report, Kim Jong-un...

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