• Strategic Comments

    Elimination of Syria’s chemical weapons stalls

    16 April 2014. 

    Important progress has been made towards the elimination of Syria's chemicals-weapons programme. But the process relies on the goodwill of Damascus, which has fallen behind on its targets for the removal of chemicals.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: Fading optimism on Syria CW destruction plan

    28 February 2014.  Having waxed optimistically last year about the Syrian chemical weapons (CW) destruction deal, it is time I recognise publically that things have not been going so well of late. From the day in early September, when Russia proposed that Syria put its CW under international control for destruction, through to December, the process went amazingly well. Syria signed the Chemical Weapons Convention, declared its stockpiles and gave the Organisation for the...

  • IISS Voices

    Mark Fitzpatrick: Ways forward for Iran nuclear deal

    07 February 2014.  By Mark Fitzpatrick, Director, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme As I explained in my last post, the interim Iran nuclear deal is good as far as it goes, but the chances of reaching a long-lasting comprehensive agreement are quite low: no more than 10%. There is also a 10% possibility that diplomacy will break down altogether. In my 3 February talk at IISS, I ticked off some of the events that could...

  • IISS Voices

    Six reasons why I’m optimistic about the Iranian nuclear deal, and two reasons why not

    04 February 2014.  By Mark Fitzpatrick, Director, Non-proliferation and Disarmament Programme After years of international tensions over Iran’s nuclear programme, this has been a winter of diplomatic progress. Following on from the 24 November Joint Plan of Action that capped Iran’s nuclear capabilities and the 13 January agreement on the technical understandings, the six powers – the US, UK, France, Germany, China, Russia – will meet with Iran on 18 February to begin negotiations...

  • Manama Voices

    Dina Esfandiary: Syria CW plan will only get more difficult

    03 December 2013.  اقرأ باللغة العربية By Dina Esfandiary, Research Associate, Non-proliferation and Disarmament Programme In the last few weeks, all the deadlines set in the plan to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons (CW) were met, to everyone’s surprise (and delight). But the optimism was short-lived, as it became clear that the hardest part was yet to come. As the process continues, it will be both more difficult, and more crucial, to keep to the ambitious...

  • Survival

    Destroying Syria’s Chemical Weapons

    29 November 2013. 

    There are many ways the plan could go wrong, but initially it has worked better than expected. If this positive course continues there will be far-reaching benefits.

  • IISS Voices

    Dina Esfandiary: Syria chemical deal – now the hard part

    19 November 2013.  By Dina Esfandiary, Research Associate, Non-proliferation and Disarmament Programme Last month, all the deadlines set by the deal on Syria’s chemical weapons (CW) were met by the parties concerned. ‘This was a considerable achievement, and no easy feat. But it was just the beginning. Implementing the deal won’t be easy–in fact, the odds are stacked against it,’ writes Dina Esfandiary, research associate in the IISS Non-proliferation and Disarmament programme, in the...

  • IISS Voices

    Alexa van Sickle: Reflecting on Iraq weapons inspections

    05 November 2013.  Over a decade has passed since the Iraq invasion, and the security debate is still dominated by the success or failure of state-building and counter-insurgency in Iraq post-2003. What has been somewhat obscured are the roles of the United Nations Special Commission on Iraq (UNSCOM) and the IAEA in eliminating virtually all of Iraq’s residual nuclear, biological and chemical programmes in the decade before – and the mis-steps that led...

  • IISS Voices

    In praise of the Chemical Weapons Convention

    31 October 2013.  By Jenny Nielsen, Research Analyst, Non-proliferation and Disarmament Programme Those of us who follow the review process of the inherently flawed, vague and discriminatory Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) often look envyingly at the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). The CWC really is the Rolls Royce of non-proliferation and disarmament treaties, with its non-discriminatory architecture and extensive verification regime. As Daniel Feakes pointed out at IISS last week, the treaty’s blanket ban on...

  • Events

    The OPCW: Syria, effective multilateralism and the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize

    24 October 2013. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Daniel Feakes
    Strategy and Policy Adviser, Office of Strategy and Policy,
    Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
    Arundel House, London
    Thursday 24 October 2013

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