• Strategic Comments

    South Korea’s presidential transition and strategic challenges

    14 June 2017. 

    Moon Jae-in, South Korea's new president, faces stiff domestic challenges and is less inclined towards confrontation with North Korea than either his predecessor or the Trump administration. Nevertheless, South Korea’s alliance with the United States is likely to endure with some modifications and perhaps, given North Korea’s provocations, some upgrades.

  • Strategic Dossiers

    Chapter Seven: The Trajectory and Implications of North Korea’s Nuclear and Missile Development

    02 June 2017. 

    Nuclear Tests; Missile Developments; International Response; The Effect of Sanctions; Regional Missile Defence; Domestic Political Factors; Conclusion

  • Shangri-La Voices

    What to do about North Korea?

    02 June 2017.  Mark Fitzpatrick, Director, IISS-Americas, suggests that shared concerns about North Korea are likely to encourage national delegations to seek greater levels of cooperation here at the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue.

  • Shangri-La Voices

    It’s time for ASEAN states to be more proactive on North Korea

    01 June 2017.  The policy options available for dealing with North Korea may be unchanged, but they must be universally implemented to have a chance of working. Matthew Cottee argues that ASEAN states need to do more, particularly on implementing UN sanctions against the regime.

  • Shangri-La Voices

    North Korean missiles should not trigger further proliferation

    31 May 2017.  There are no good policy options for dealing with North Korea, but there are plenty of truly bad ones, argues Mark Fitzpatrick. Close coordination among key stakeholders offers the most promising means of halting Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile pursuit, despite the temptation to engage in tit-for-tat responses.

  • Events

    North Korea: boom or bust?

    30 May 2017. 

    IISS Shangri-La Dialogue 2017 Discussion Series
    Victor Cha, Senior Adviser & Korea Chair, CSIS
    Michael Elleman, Senior Fellow for Missile Defence, IISS
    Jihwan Hwang, Professor of International Relations, University of Seoul
    Sue Mi Terry, Managing Director for Korea, BowerGroupAsia
    Chaired by Mark Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, IISS-Americas
    IISS–Americas, Washington DC
    Tuesday 30 May 2017, 10.00-11.30am EDT

  • IISS Voices

    North Korea’s illicit trade: every little bit hurts

    24 May 2017.  A global network of front companies allows North Korea to trade arms and military equipment in defiance of international sanctions. Blocking this lucrative practice would be a victory for the nation's opponents. 

  • IISS Voices

    North Korea moves closer to missile that could strike US

    19 May 2017.  After a successful test earlier this month, the Hwasong-12 has emerged as North Korea’s longest range missile system. Recent progress takes Pyongyang closer to full Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) capability – until that goal is reached, diplomatic overtures from South Korea, China and the US will likely come to nothing.

  • Survival

    Noteworthy

    16 May 2017.  In the June–July 2017 issue, Hal Brands and Peter Feaver explore whether different US policy choices between 2003 and 2014 could have stopped the rise of ISIS; James Dobbins and Seth G. Jones ask what strategic choices can ensure that ISIS’s imminent loss of its remaining territorial strongholds will mean lasting defeat; Fabrice Pothier highlights the necessity of an area-access strategy for NATO; Tim Huxley and Benjamin Schreer analyse Donald...

  • Military Balance Blog

    North Korea’s cruise missiles – nascent systems; uncertain capability

    12 May 2017.  Pyongyang’s continuing investment in ballistic-missile technology was once again readily apparent during the country’s 15 April military parade. Notable perhaps by its absence, however, was any sign of a ‘modern’ cruise-missile complement to the DPRK’s ballistic weaponry.

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