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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

Director, Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Policy Programme



Non-proliferation and nuclear policy

Improving the security of all nuclear materials

About four-fifths of the weapons-usable nuclear materials in the world are in non-civilian programmes, but global efforts to enhance the security of nuclear materials have been almost exclusively concentrated on the civilian sector. Following troubling security breaches, this report aims to advance international oversight of the security of non-civilian nuclear materials.

  • Shangri-La Voices

    It’s time for ASEAN states to be more proactive on North Korea

    01 June 2017.  The policy options available for dealing with North Korea may be unchanged, but they must be universally implemented to have a chance of working. Matthew Cottee argues that ASEAN states need to do more, particularly on implementing UN sanctions against the regime.

  • Shangri-La Voices

    North Korean missiles should not trigger further proliferation

    31 May 2017.  There are no good policy options for dealing with North Korea, but there are plenty of truly bad ones, argues Mark Fitzpatrick. Close coordination among key stakeholders offers the most promising means of halting Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile pursuit, despite the temptation to engage in tit-for-tat responses.

  • Events

    US policy towards Iran and the status of the Iran nuclear deal

    07 April 2017. 

    Corporate Breakfast
    Mark Fitzpatrick, Director, Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Policy Programme; Executive Director, IISS–Americas
    Arundel House, London
    Friday 7 April 2017, 8.30–9.30am BST

  • IISS Voices

    UN talks on nuclear ban treaty get started

    27 March 2017.  Get up to speed on the proposed nuclear ban treaty with analysis from IISS experts. Despite little media attention, prospects for a treaty look better this time. But is a ban the best way to bring about a world without nuclear weapons?

  • IISS Voices

    North Korea deploys VX as weapon of mass destruction and panic

    15 March 2017.  Why would North Korea choose to use VX, a banned nerve agent, to assassinate Kim Jong-nam? Here, Emily Werk puts this provocative operation into context, suggesting that the weapon has two important attributes: its highly lethal nature and a fearsome reputation.

  • Expert Commentary

    Banning the bomb: we'll all go together

    18 January 2017.  Nuclear disarmament agreements haven't worked. Is there another solution?

  • EU Non Proliferation and Disarmament Conference

    Evening Keynote: Lassina Zerbo

    04 November 2016. 

    EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference 2016
    Evening Keynote Address
    Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary, CTBTO

  • EU Non Proliferation and Disarmament Conference

    Keynote Speech: Q&A

    04 November 2016. 

    EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference 2016
    Keynote Speech and Introductory Remarks
    Q&A

  • EU Non Proliferation and Disarmament Conference

    Evening Keynote: Q&A

    04 November 2016. 

    EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference 2016
    Evening Keynote Address
    Q&A

  • EU Non Proliferation and Disarmament Conference

    The Impact of Technological Change on Security and Non-Proliferation

    04 November 2016. 

    EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference 2016 Second Plenary Session
    Chair: Camille Grand, Assistant Secretary General for Defence Investment, NATO
    Anja Kaspersen, Head, Strategic Engagement and New Technologies, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
    Christopher Daase, Deputy Director, PRIF/HSFK
    Andrew Futter, Associate Professor, International Politics, University of Leicester

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.

Adelphi book

Asia's Latent Nuclear Powers

Under what conditions would the democracies in Northeast Asia seek to join the nuclear weapons club?