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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

IISS-US Discussion Meeting

The Strategic Implications of the Iran Nuclear Deal

The tentative accord over the nuclear issue will not end the concerns that have built up over the past three decades about Iran’s capabilities and intentions. An expert panel assesses the prospective deal and how it is being considered in Tehran.

  • Events

    Assessing the (Presumptive) Iran Nuclear Deal

    10 July 2015. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Mark Fitzpatrick
    Director, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme, IISS
    Arundel House, London
    Friday 10 July 2015, 1-2pm

  • Events

    Nuclear Security in Pakistan

    07 July 2015. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Adil Sultan
    Visiting Research Fellow for South Asia (Strategic Affairs)
    Arundel House, London
    Tuesday 7 July July 2015, 11am-12:30pm

  • IISS Voices

    Adil Sultan: In defence of Pakistan's nuclear management

    26 June 2015.  Rumours have been swirling in the wake of the Iran nuclear talks that Saudi Arabia may be planning to buy nuclear weapons from Pakistan. But such suspicions do not tally with Islamabad's current strict nuclear-control measures.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: Verifying an Iran nuclear deal

    25 June 2015.  Discussions in Vienna this week confirmed for me two things concerning verification of Iran’s nuclear programme by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Firstly, no deal can be acceptable that would preclude the agency’s future access to military sites or nuclear scientists. Demands by the Iranian parliament, the Supreme Leader and Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps commanders to prohibit such access must be rejected. Secondly, Iranian failure to account fully for...

  • Expert Commentary

    Tehran Times: Iran, major powers will agree on comprehensive deal this summer

    22 June 2015.  Interview with Mark Fitzpatrick, Director, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme Mark Fitzpatrick, director of the non-proliferation program at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), believes that Iran and the major powers will agree on a “comprehensive” nuclear deal this summer because “both sides have made significant compromises”.  “I believe that a comprehensive agreement will be reached this summer, although probably not by the 30 June deadline. Both sides have made significant compromises,” Fitzpatrick...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: Limiting Iran’s nuclear R&D

    19 June 2015.  Among the several reasons I was pleasantly surprised by the 2 April Lausanne accord was that Iran agreed not to use anything other than first-generation centrifuges to enrich uranium for ten years. The IR-1 is the Model T of the centrifuge industry – clunky, slow and prone to break-down. Given its limited efficiency, keeping Iran’s programme restricted for now to the IR-1 is a significant confidence-building measure. Not long ago...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: Inspecting Iran anywhere, but not anytime

    16 June 2015.  One of the most vexing issues remaining to be negotiated between Iran and the six major powers regards future inspector access to military sites. From a Western perspective, it is a no-brainer that Iran should not be able to hide nuclear-weapons work at military bases. Iran, on the other hand, has a legitimate need to protect military secrets that are unrelated to illicit nuclear activity. No sovereign country, especially one...

  • IISS Voices

    Paulina Izewicz: Eastern Europe’s post-Crimea disarmament nerves

    11 June 2015.  In light of Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the Kremlin’s recent nuclear rhetoric, Poland and other states in region are increasingly cautious about the further withdrawal of US tactical nuclear weapons from European soil

  • Strategic Comments

    NPT review: failure underlines challenges ahead

    04 June 2015. 

    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. Nonetheless, nuclear-weapons states may now be convinced of the need to show greater awareness of the widespread impatience fuelling efforts to ban nuclear weapons.

  • Events

    The Strategic Implications of the Iran Nuclear Deal

    04 June 2015. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Mark Fitzpatrick
    Director, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme, IISS
    Dr Trita Parsi
    President, National Iranian American Council
    IISS-US, Washington DC
    Thursday, 4 June 2015

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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