Non-Proliferation and Disarmament

Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Policy

Non-proliferation and nuclear policy have always been core to IISS research. Chemical and biological weapons, ballistic missiles and radiological terrorism are also covered by this respected programme

Expert: Mark Fitzpatrick

Mark Fitzpatrick

Director, Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Policy Programme

Sepcial Session 6


EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference 2015

More than 300 experts gathered in Brussels on 11-12 November to discuss the spread of nuclear and other dangerous weapons. 



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  • Strategic Comments

    The last Nuclear Security Summit

    18 May 2016. 

    The fourth and final Nuclear Security Summit in Washington DC marked the culmination of a seven-year process of improving the security of nuclear and radioactive materials that terrorists might seek to target or acquire. While progress was made in enlisting some governments to take voluntary measures, additional work is needed to engage more parties and secure more materials. It will probably take another bold initiative from the next US administration to set this in motion.

  • Events

    Interpreting China's North Korea Policy

    04 May 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Dr Andrew Scobell, Senior Political Scientist, RAND
    Arundel House, London
    Wednesday 4 May 2016, 12.30–1.30pm BST

  • Events

    Asia's Latent Nuclear Powers

    19 April 2016. 

    IISS–Americas New York Discussion
    Mark Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, IISS–Americas
    Kevin Rudd, Former Prime Minister of Australia and President of the Asia Society Policy Institute
    The Princeton Club of New York
    Tuesday 19 April 2016, 6–7.30pm EDT

  • Strategic Comments

    China’s energy policy: new technology and civil nuclear expansion

    08 March 2016. 

    Having generated most of its electricity from coal-fired plants, China is aggressively seeking to reduce air pollution and carbon dioxide emissions and move towards energy self-sufficiency. It may in fact be on a trajectory to become a major player in a global nuclear-power market traditionally dominated by the West.

  • IISS Voices

    Matthew Cottee: Between a ROK and a THAAD place

    04 March 2016.  Debates about the utility of THAAD for South Korean defence have rumbled on for some time, but the recent passing of UN Resolution 2270 provided the issue with increased exposure and a sense of inevitability

  • Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: Encouraging Arab detente with Iran

    25 February 2016.  At an IISS–Americas event jointly organised and hosted by the US–UAE Business Council on 24 February, I argued that the economic benefits to Iran from the accord over its nuclear programme will, over time, make it a less hostile nation. As I have previously written, the desire for sanctions relief as soon as possible incentivised Iran to carry out its initial requirements under the nuclear deal, termed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of...

  • Events

    Adelphi Launch - Asia’s Latent Nuclear Powers: Japan, South Korea and Taiwan

    18 February 2016. 

    Press Launch
    Mark Fitzpatrick, Executive Director of IISS-Americas and Director of the IISS Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Policy Programme
    Bloomsbury House, London
    Thursday 18 February 2016, 11am–12pm

  • IISS Voices

    Michael Elleman: North Korea’s satellite launch does not further its long-range missile programme

    10 February 2016.  Although Pyongyang must be punished for violating its UN obligations, it should be borne in mind that the Unha satellite launcher used on 7 February will not play a significant role in advancing North Korea’s long-range ballistic-missile programme, writes Michael Elleman.

  • Adelphi Books

    Asia's Latent Nuclear Powers: Japan, South Korea and Taiwan

    02 February 2016. 

    Under what conditions would the democracies in Northeast Asia seek to join the nuclear weapons club? In this Adelphi, Mark Fitzpatrick analyses the past nuclear pursuits and current proliferation drivers of Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.

  • Events

    Double Take: The Iran Nuclear Deal and North Korea’s Nuclear Test

    19 January 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Dr Gary Samore, Executive Director for Research, The Belfer Center at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
    Arundel House, London
    Tuesday 19 January 2016, 12.30-1.30pm

Survival Seminar

Nuclear Weapons and the Scottish Independence Debate

A nuclear-weapon system designed to guarantee the UK’s survival could hasten its political demise, argues William Walker in the August-September 2015 issue of Survival.

Overcoming Pakistan's Nuclear Dangers

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

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