• 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...

  • The Syria Conflict

    Dina Esfandiary: Syria CW plan will only get more difficult

    03 December 2013.  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 timeline. In...

  • 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

  • Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: Syria CW destruction – who wins, who loses?

    15 October 2013.  At a roundtable discussion this past weekend in the Aegean town where Herodotus was born, history-making events on the scale of those he recorded provoked sharp debate. At its annual roundtable in Bodrum, the Istanbul-based Edam Centre for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies had invited me to co-lead a discussion on Syria. While I addressed the regional and global implications of the chemical weapons (CW) destruction plan, Al Arabiya senior...

  • IISS Voices

    Syria: a policy nightmare?

    04 October 2013.    The Syrian crisis has presented a seemingly intractable policy problem; at its core lie the perceived costs of intervention and non-intervention. Would an intervention facilitate political change? What form should it take? These were questions discussed last month at the preparatory Sherpa meeting for December’s Manama Dialogue. Firstly, delegates heard, the complexity of Syria’s crisis should not prevent the international community from acting. Failing to address the use of chemical...

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