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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  • 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

  • IISS Voices

    Matthew Cottee: New sanctions unlikely to deter North Korean nuclear posturing

    18 January 2016.  Having apparently been able to advance both its nuclear and missile programmes under existing bans, the DPRK seems happy to remain internationally isolated

  • Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: The Iran deal shows its worth

    18 January 2016.  Although nothing US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry do passes without vitriol from political opponents, 16 January was a very good day for US-Iranian diplomacy. Most importantly, it was ‘Implementation Day’ for the Iran nuclear accord.  Release of Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian and four other detained US-Iran dual citizens was an important added bonus. Besides the humanitarian and justice angles, it removes one of the...

  • Expert Commentary

    PISM: Civilian or military? Dual-use items as a challenge to the nuclear non-proliferation regime

    14 January 2016.  The non-proliferation regime needs to recognise that Iran and other proliferators have a history of attempting to procure goods and technologies useable in both military and civilian purposes

  • IISS Voices

    Mark Fitzpatrick: Iran nuclear deal Implementation Day is nigh

    08 January 2016.  With Implementation Day just around the corner, the cooperation between Iran and the US is extraordinary. Although non-nuclear problems persist in the region, Mark Fitzpatrick is optimistic

  • IISS Voices

    Mark Fitzpatrick: North Korea - Nuclear bombs and bombast

    06 January 2016.  The nuclear test carried out by North Korea on 6 January is unlikely to have been of the powerful hydrogen bomb it claims. Nevertheless, the blast increases North Korea’s confidence that it has a useable device

  • Events

    The Iran Nuclear Deal: Challenges of Implementation

    15 December 2015. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Dr Robert Litwak
    Vice President, Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington DC
    Arundel House, London
    Tuesday 15 December, 12:30-1:30pm

  • Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: The PMD Report - Implications for the Nuclear Deal with Iran

    11 December 2015.  The much anticipated 2 December report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Iran’s nuclear activities of a possible military dimension (PMD) did not say too much new. More than anything it confirmed the 2007 National Intelligence Estimate on Iran’s nuclear capabilities and intentions. This is not surprising given that both assessments drew from the same body of intelligence, although the IAEA report had the benefit of new information...

  • Events

    Iran After the Nuclear Deal

    09 December 2015. 

    IISS-US Roundtable Discussion
    Ali Ansari, Director, Institute for Iranian Studies, University of St Andrews
    Chair: Mark Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, IISS-US
    Organized in partnership with Wilton Park USA
    IISS-US, Washington DC
    Wednesday 9 December 2015

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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