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.

  • IISS Voices

    Matthew Cottee: UK politicians back Chinese nuclear investment

    23 September 2015.  Britain is set to become the marque client for Chinese nuclear technology, following political and economic assurances by UK government ministers

  • Survival

    Iran: A Good Deal

    22 September 2015.  Criticising the Iran deal for failing to achieve zero enrichment is equivalent to arguing against any diplomatic outcome.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Thomas C. Moore: Iran – Non-Proliferation Overshadowed

    16 September 2015.  The world’s major powers once agreed that Iran was no place for uranium enrichment or the reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel. United after 9/11 and the jarring revelation of the A.Q. Khan proliferation network, they worked to defeat nuclear proliferation and terrorism – and the nexus of the two in Iran – without military force. They launched criteria-of-supply negotiations in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG); a moratorium on transfers of...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Bruno Tertrais: Iran – An Experiment in Strategic Risk-Taking

    16 September 2015.  The luxury of being a policy analyst is that one can afford to say what politicians cannot: ‘it’s complicated’. If I had been voting on the 14 July nuclear deal with Iran, I would have had to abstain. American and European diplomats worked hard to close most of the avenues and loopholes that Iran could exploit to advance its nuclear programme. The enriched-uranium stockpile and the number of centrifuges will be...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Avis Bohlen: Iran – An Opening for Diplomacy?

    16 September 2015.  Negotiation is an essential tool of diplomacy, as weapons are of war. The recently concluded Iran deal represents a major diplomatic achievement arrived at by long and patient negotiation. Its significance is likely to go far beyond the terms of the accord itself and must be judged in a broader diplomatic and strategic context. The Iran nuclear deal is important first and foremost for the stringent limits it places on...

  • Events

    Press Launch - Strategic Survey 2015

    15 September 2015. 

    Press Launch
    Arundel House, London
    Tuesday 15 September 2015

  • IISS Voices

    Matthew Cottee: Could China crash hurt new UK nuclear?

    10 September 2015.  There might be less Chinese money to invest in overseas reactors, but that is hardly the only worry at the UK’s planned Hinckley Point C power station

  • Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: Iran – A Good Deal

    10 September 2015.  The more I study the Iran nuclear deal, the more deeply I appreciate its worth. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreed in Vienna on 14 July is better than all three of its antecedents. It goes beyond the political accord struck in Lausanne on 2 April, walking back from none of the parameters of that accord as described by the United States. Among other virtues, the verification procedures of the...

  • 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...

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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