• IISS Voices

    Matthew Cottee: Third time lucky for a Russia-Myanmar nuclear deal?

    24 April 2015.  By Matthew Cottee, Research Analyst, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme Russia recently agreed to provide Myanmar with nuclear technology. This is not the first time such a deal has been attempted; previous Russian efforts to develop nuclear facilities in Myanmar occurred in the early and mid-2000s but failed to materialise. The latest iteration has greater potential, however. The Burmese government has a long-standing interest in nuclear energy, but more importantly, the...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: South Korea nuclear cooperation deal not as simple as 123

    23 April 2015.  After five years of negotiation, the United States and the Republic of Korea (ROK) concluded a new nuclear-energy cooperation agreement on 22 April. As a non-proliferation wonk, I am pleased that Washington stuck to non-proliferation principles in resisting further expansion of sensitive nuclear technologies. As a Korea hand, (having served my first diplomatic posting in Seoul and fallen in love with the country), I am pleased that the updated agreement...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: Five ways the Iran talks will help the NPT RevCon

    13 April 2015.  When states assemble in New York on 27 April for a four-week-long quinquennial review of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), there will be ample ground for discord. The recommendations for action that were agreed upon by consensus at the last review conference (RevCon) remain largely unfulfilled. There will be griping aplenty that the five states allowed nuclear weapons under the treaty have made few tangible steps towards disarmament in this...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Steven Pifer: NATO’s deterrence challenge is conventional, not nuclear

    07 April 2015.  [Ed. note: This is an extract from a forum on NATO and Russia in the April–May 2015 issue of Survival. The complete forum, featuring additional contributions by Egon Bahr and Götz Neuneck, Lukasz Kulesa and Mikhail Troitskiy, along with a reply from Matthew Kroenig, can be found here.] In the February–March 2015 issue of Survival, Matthew Kroenig argues that NATO faces a resurgent Russia that could threaten Alliance members, and offers...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: Iran nuclear framework is a win for all sides

    03 April 2015.  The framework for an Iran nuclear deal that negotiators reached on 2 April is a win for all involved, not just for the eight parties involved, but for the region and the world as a whole. If the details can be fleshed out by the 30 June deadline and opponents in Washington and Tehran do not derail diplomacy, the resulting agreement will prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons for at...

  • 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.

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