• Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: Let’s not judge an Iranian nuclear deal before we see it

    30 March 2015.  Despite the presence of ministers from  the seven states involved, it’s no surprise that the Iran nuclear talks did not reach an agreement over the weekend. Facing severe pressure from domestic sceptics, the Iranian and American negotiators in particular have to show that they fought hard until the very end. The ‘end’ in this situation is not well defined. The 31 March deadline for reaching an understanding was self-imposed and can...

  • Events

    NPT Review Conference Preview

    26 March 2015. 

    IISS-US Policy Makers Series
    Mark Fitzpatrick
    Director, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Program, IISS
    Dr Edward Ifft
    Former Member of the Senior Executive Service, U.S. State Department and Professor, Georgetown University
    Discussant: Dr. Matthew Harries
    Managing Editor of Survival and Research Fellow, IISS
    IISS-US, Washington DC
    Thursday 26 March 2015, 9-10am EDT/2-3pm GMT

  • Expert Commentary

    ISPI: In impending Iran nuclear deal, verification remains key

    23 March 2015.  By Mark Fitzpatrick, Director, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme As every round of Iran nuclear talks unfolds, the negotiators emerge in public to provide variations on the same mantra:  good progress was made; serious gaps still remain. With the end of March deadline for a basic understanding nigh, it is time to bridge these final gaps. I have long been pessimistic that a comprehensive agreement could be reached. This is because I did...

  • Events

    Iran and the Jihadi Challenge

    23 March 2015. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Professor Benny Morris
    Professor of History,
    Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
    Arundel House
    Monday, 23 March 2015, 12-1pm

  • Strategic Comments

    Iran nuclear talks approach conclusive deadline

    26 February 2015. 

    Iran and its interlocutors have until 24 March to reach an agreement on the country's nuclear programme. Failure to do so would not mean an end to diplomacy, but would add to pressure in Washington for new sanctions to be imposed, while also increasing Tehran's desire to pursue technological advances.

  • Expert Commentary

    World Economic Forum: Why the world needs better nuclear security

    10 February 2015.  By Mark Fitzpatrick, Director, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme, Elena Sokova, Executive Director of the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation, and Sir Malcolm Rifkind, Former UK Foreign Secretary and Minister of Defence. Over the past five years, world leaders have given concerted attention to ensuring that terrorists or other malevolent non-state actors cannot get their hands on material that could be fashioned into a nuclear weapon. The Nuclear Security Summits that President Obama initiated in...

  • Survival

    Can Pakistan’s Nuclear Dangers be ‘Normalised’?

    30 January 2015.  A nuclear deal such as Pakistan’s military and diplomatic elites have demanded for years would make them more, not less, risk-prone.

  • Survival

    Normalising the Non-proliferation Regime

    30 January 2015.  The nuclear ‘haves’ should adopt a non-discriminatory, criteria-based approach to Pakistan and other NPT outliers.

  • Survival

    A Reply by the Author

    30 January 2015.  In their otherwise thorough response to my book, Arundhati Ghose and Manpreet Sethi mistake a premise of my recommendation that Pakistan should be offered a nuclear cooperation deal akin to the one provided to India. ‘Akin to’ does not mean ‘the same as’. In my book I argued that Pakistan should be required to meet a higher standard because of its dismal record of nuclear stewardship. I suggested, for example...

  • IISS Voices

    Annabel Corser: Eliminating chemical weapons

    27 January 2015.  By Annabel Corser, Editorial Assistant The OPCW-UN Joint Mission in Syria drew to a close on 30 September 2014 and, as of October, 98.7% of Syrian chemical material has been destroyed. For Peter Sawczak (who heads the Government Relations and Political Affairs Branch of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) these successes are the latest indicators of the OPCW’s effectiveness and the value of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)...

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