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The secret to North Korea’s ICBM success

How has North Korea managed to make such astounding progress with its long-range missile programme over the last two years? Read our exclusive analysis by Michael Elleman, Senior Fellow for Missile Defence.

Regional Security Assessment 2017

Key developments in Asia-Pacific security

This dossier assesses a range of Asia-Pacific regional strategic, geopolitical, economic, military and security topics.

  • Events

    Challenges, opportunities, and innovation in the Indo-Asia-Pacific

    17 October 2017. 

    Tuesday 17 October, 7–8pm SGT
    The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore
    Speaker:
    Admiral Harry B. Harris Jr, Commander, United States Pacific Command
    Chair:
    Dr Tim Huxley, Executive Director, IISS–Asia

  • IISS Voices

    China’s choice: trade with North Korea or with US

    22 September 2017.  Despite Beijing’s displeasure, the latest round of US sanctions on foreign banks associated with North Korea is preferable to military options that could trigger a full-scale war, says Matthew Cottee.

  • Events

    The escalating crisis on the Korean Peninsula: prospects of peaceful resolution

    21 September 2017. 

    Thursday 21 September, 8.30–9.30am BST
    Arundel House, London
    Speaker:
    Dr Matthew Cottee, Research Associate, Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Policy, IISS
    Chair:
    Dr Bastian Giegerich, Director of Defence and Military Analysis, IISS

  • Events

    Strategic Survey 2017: The Annual Assessment of Geopolitics

    20 September 2017. 

    Wednesday 20 September, 9.30–10.30am BST
    Arundel House, London
    Speakers:
    Dr John Chipman, Director-General and Chief Executive, IISS
    Virginia Comolli, Senior Fellow for Security and Development, IISS
    Emile Hokayem, Senior Fellow for Middle East Security, IISS
    Nigel Inkster, Special Adviser, IISS
    Dr Nicholas Redman, Director of Editorial; Editor of Strategic Survey, IISS

  • Survival

    The Secret to North Korea’s ICBM Success

    18 September 2017.  The explanation for North Korea’s rapid progression in long-range missile technology is simple: it acquired a high-performance liquid-propellant engine from a foreign source.

  • Survival

    Noteworthy

    18 September 2017.  In the October–November issue, Michael O’Hanlon argues that the process of NATO enlargement has run its course; Michael Elleman pinpoints North Korea’s rapid progression in long-range missile technology to its acquisition of a high-performance liquid-propellant engine; Christopher D. Kolenda examines the strategic flaws in US policy towards Afghanistan; Steve Andreasen calls on NATO to withdraw US tactical nuclear weapons from Europe; Erica Frantz and Andrea Kendall-Taylor compare twentieth- and twenty-first-century...

  • Strategic Comments

    The North Korea crisis

    07 September 2017. 

    North Korea is clearly making rapid progress towards possessing an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of hitting the United States mainland with a nuclear warhead. An incoherent US approach involving reckless military threats and economic pressure is not working. The Trump administration should consider diplomatic engagement with Pyongyang before its nuclear ICBM capability becomes a fait accompli.

  • Strategic Survey

    Strategic Geography 2017

    06 September 2017. 
    The Strategic Geography section of Strategic Survey 2017 includes maps on North Korea’s illicit economic network, constitutional change and conflict in Turkey, and the burgeoning food-security crisis.

  • Strategic Survey

    Chapter 1: Prospectives

    06 September 2017. 

    The goal of shaping the international strategic environment seems out of reach even for the larger powers, unless resources are made available to meet the complex and hybrid threats that have emerged.  

  • Expert Commentary

    How to deal with North Korea

    06 September 2017.  Can the US and its allies contain North Korea? Mark Fitzpatrick says most military strike options are not credible – and warns the return of nuclear weapons to South Korea would bring a host of problems.

Kyodo News

How to deal with North Korea

Mark Fitzpatrick warns the return of nuclear weapons to South Korea would bring a host of problems.