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

    Press Launch - Strategic Survey 2015

    15 September 2015. 

    Press Launch
    Arundel House, London
    Tuesday 15 September 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

  • 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.

  • Strategic Comments

    Iran’s nuclear agreement: the terms

    21 July 2015. 

    If faithfully implemented, the agreement reached on 14 July will put off the threat of a nuclear weapon for 15 years, and remove Iran from its economic and political isolation.

  • Expert Commentary

    APPG Briefing: A worthwhile Iran deal

    16 July 2015.  Remarks on the recent Iran nuclear deal to the UK’s All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Security and Non-Proliferation on 15 July

  • Expert Commentary

    Prospect: The good, the bad and the ugly in the Iran nuclear deal

    15 July 2015.  By Mark Fitzpatrick, Director, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme The agreement reached in Vienna on 14th July is not a great deal for either Iran or the world powers with whom it was negotiating. But it is good enough and far better than the alternative of the status quo ante. Less than two years ago, Iran was locked in an increasingly worrisome confrontation with the Western nations, adding more centrifuges as they added...

  • 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

  • Expert Commentary

    Lowy Interpreter: Sino-Pakistan civil nuclear cooperation: A growing challenge to the global nuclear order

    09 July 2015.  By Matthew Cottee, Research Analyst, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme Power outages are not new in Pakistan and are ordinarily caused by a shortage of capacity that results in frequent load shedding of power. Occasionally, 'rebel' attacks also cause damage to transmission lines. But the recent climatic conditions have brought fresh criticism. Both the Sharif Government and electricity companies are perceived to have failed to address a widely recognised problem. K-Electric, which provides electricity...

  • 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

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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