• Adelphi Books

    Chapter Four: Nuclear security and non-proliferation

    13 September 2017. 

    The alternative plans for a modernised US nuclear force offer distinct advantages over the current plan in terms of boosting nuclear security and supporting the global non-proliferation regime.

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter Three: Strategic stability and arms control

    13 September 2017. 

    In addition to maintaining deterrence, the size and structure of the nuclear force must promote strategic stability between the US and the other principal nuclear powers. This chapter examines the concept of strategic stability under the full triad and the three alternatives.

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter 5: Procurement trade-offs and support for conventional operations

    13 September 2017. 

    One of the weakest aspects of the current US plan to upgrade its entire nuclear force is the high expense and modest contribution to conventional military operations.

  • Strategic Comments

    The North Korea crisis

    07 September 2017. 

    North Korea is clearly making rapid progress towards possessing an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of hitting the United States mainland with a nuclear warhead. An incoherent US approach involving reckless military threats and economic pressure is not working. The Trump administration should consider diplomatic engagement with Pyongyang before its nuclear ICBM capability becomes a fait accompli.

  • Strategic Survey

    Chapter 8: Russia and Eurasia

    06 September 2017. 

    As neither the US nor Russia has put forward realistic proposals to address the structural problems in their relationship – despite the need for such measures in arms control and the security architecture of the post-Soviet region – the new Cold War dynamic looks set to remain in place.

  • Strategic Survey

    Chapter 4: Asia-Pacific

    06 September 2017. 

    For many countries in the Asia-Pacific disturbed by the changing balance of power, the uncertainty generated by the advent of the Trump administration is an incentive to pursue intra-regional collaboration.


  • IISS Voices

    Nuclear test reinforces North Korean capabilities

    04 September 2017.  Sanctions and wild threats will not end North Korea’s nuclear programme; Washington should consider how to contain a nuclear-armed Pyongyang. Matthew Cottee predicts a prolonged and uncomfortable standoff.

  • IISS Voices

    On Iran, US and Europe may go their separate ways

    18 July 2017.  Washington is becoming increasingly confrontational when it comes to Iran and the future of the nuclear deal, while European policymakers have been at pains to emphasise its importance. As Paulina Izewicz explains, Europe appears increasingly ready to chart its own course.

  • Survival

    Rollback?

    17 July 2017.  President Trump’s totalising claims about the threat from Iran are not just analytically flawed but lead to dangerous policy objectives.

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