• Shangri-La Dialogue

    Containing the North Korean Threat

    04 June 2016. 

    Shangri-La Dialogue 2016 Special Session One
    Chair: General The Lord Richards of Herstmonceux, Senior Adviser for the Middle East and Asia-Pacific, IISS; former Chief of the Defence Staff, United Kingdom
    Shinsuke Sugiyama, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Japan 
    Yoon Soon Gu, Director-General, International Policy Bureau, Ministry of National Defense, Republic of Korea   
    Colonel Lu Yin, Associate Researcher, National Defense University, People’s Liberation Army, China
    Aidan Foster-Carter, Honorary Senior Research Fellow in Sociology and Modern Korea, Leeds University

  • Strategic Dossiers

    Chapter Seven: North Korea’s threat to regional security

    03 June 2016. 

    Pyongyang’s multiple threats; Two Kims, four nuclear tests; Cyber and electronic warfare; The prioritisation problem; Cold War revived; Human rights; South Korea: sunshine, sunset; Kaesong; Potential flashpoints; Back to diplomacy?; Conclusion

  • Expert Commentary

    Foreign Affairs: Russia's Nuclear Ambitions in the Middle East

    20 May 2016.  By Matthew Cottee, Research Associate, Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Policy, and Hassan Elbahtimy A few years ago, the Middle East’s nuclear energy prospects were in decline. Political instability made long-term investments in civil nuclear infrastructure risky. For one, Egypt was in the last stages of considering reactor bids when the popular uprising began in 2011. These plans were soon shelved by subsequent transitional governments. And the 2011 Fukushima Daichii meltdown in Japan...

  • 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

    Pakistan's Nuclear Diplomacy

    04 May 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Ambassador (Retd.) Ali Sarwar Naqvi, Former Ambassador of Pakistan to Austria and to the IAEA; Executive Director, Center for International Strategic Studies (CISS), Pakistan
    Arundel House, London
    Wednesday 4 May 2016, 11am–12pm BST

  • Events

    Iran Nuclear Deal Implementation: Hiccups and Hurdles

    14 April 2016. 

    Corporate Breakfast
    Mark Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, IISS–Americas
    Arundel House, London
    Thursday 14 April 2016, 8–9AM BST

  • Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: Removing Japan's dangerous fissile material

    24 March 2016.  Japan’s shipment this week of 331kg of weapons-grade plutonium to the United States represents a signal achievement in global efforts to strengthen non-proliferation and nuclear security. It shows Japan’s good will and reflects close US–Japan relations.  The plutonium in question was sent to Japan years ago by the US, UK and France, and has been used exclusively for peaceful scientific purposes. Because it was potentially vulnerable to theft or misuse and...

  • 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

  • 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.

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