Non-Proliferation and Disarmament

Non-Proliferation and Disarmament

The core concerns around which the IISS was founded in 1958, nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament remain important more than 20 years after the Cold War's end. This programme also covers chemical and biological weapons, ballistic missiles and radiological terrorism.

Expert: Mark Fitzpatrick

Mark Fitzpatrick

Director, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme

Politics and Strategy

A dozen ways the Iran deal promotes global disarmament and non-proliferation

The Iran nuclear deal agreed on 14 July is helpful to disarmament and to non-proliferation in twelve ways, explains Mark Fitzpatrick.

  • Events

    Press Launch - Strategic Survey 2015

    15 September 2015. 

    Press Launch
    Arundel House, London
    Tuesday 15 September 2015
    9:00-9:30am Breakfast Reception, 9:30-10:15am Launch

  • Expert Commentary

    Tehran Times: Iran nuclear deal can open dialogue on issues of common interest

    13 August 2015.  Interview with Mark Fitzpatrick, Director, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme TEHRAN - Mark Fitzpatrick, director of the non-proliferation program at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), believes that the nuclear deal between Iran and the West can create new opportunities for holding talks on “many issues of common interest”.  “Clearing away the nuclear obstacles opens the possibilities for dialogue between Iran and Western nations on other areas of mutual interest that has not...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: A dozen ways the Iran deal promotes global disarmament and non-proliferation

    11 August 2015.  The Iran nuclear deal agreed on 14 July is helpful to disarmament and to non-proliferation in twelve ways. 1. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) shows the value of diplomacy. Three years ago, there was growing concern that Iran’s increasing nuclear capabilities would put it at the brink of quickly being able produce nuclear weapons. Some called Iran a ‘de facto’ weapons state. There was also real concern that military...

  • Expert Commentary

    Die Zeit: Das nukleare Tabu ist so wichtig wie nie

    11 August 2015.  By Theo Sommer Hiroshima und Nagasaki brachten Elend, aber auch Abschreckung. Heute hat Russland 7.500 Atomwaffen, die USA 7.200, Pakistan 120. Die Gefahr darf nicht vergessen werden. Die Welt hat in den vergangenen Tagen des Atombombenabwurfs auf Hiroshima und Nagasaki gedacht. Siebzig Jahre nach der Zerstörung der beiden japanischen Städte sind dabei immer wieder drei Fragen gestellt worden.  Read the full article at Die Zeit

  • Politics and Strategy

    Matthew Harries: Hiroshima as Symbol

    06 August 2015.  It is 70 years to the day since the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, on 6 August 1945. Nagasaki was bombed three days later. The horrible and awesome destructive power of nuclear weapons, combined with the effects of radiation, makes their use, by any compassionate human being, close to unthinkable. But ever since their invention and first use against Japan, observers have also believed that the existence of nuclear weapons changes...

  • IISS Voices

    Paulina Izewicz: Examining the restrictions on Iran's missiles

    31 July 2015. 

  • Events

    After the Iran nuclear deal

    29 July 2015. 

    Mark Fitzpatrick, Director, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme
    Emile Hokayem, Senior Fellow for Middle East Security
    Wednesday 29 July 2015, 12:30pm

  • Events

    UK-China Nuclear Security

    28 July 2015. 

    IISS-CIIS Workshop
    Arundel House, London
    28 July 2015

  • 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...

  • Survival

    Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and the Nuclear Rumour Mill

    22 July 2015.  Saudi Arabia cannot get nuclear weapons off a Pakistani shelf.

NPT review: failure underlines challenges ahead

The recent deterioration in relations between Russia and the West was among a series of factors that had dampened hopes that the NPT RevCon could deliver meaningful progress on arms control.

Overcoming Pakistan's Nuclear Dangers

Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal – the fastest growing in the world – raises concerns on many grounds.

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