• Adelphi Books

    Renewing America’s Nuclear Arsenal: Options for the 21st Century

    23 October 2017. 

    This Adelphi book argues that the US need not replicate its Cold War triad to achieve credible and reliable deterrence.

  • Politics and Strategy

    No good reason for Trump not to certify Iran nuclear compliance

    26 September 2017.  Iran is clearly meeting the criteria for re-certification of its compliance with the nuclear deal, writes Mark Fitzpatrick.

  • Strategic Survey

    Chapter 3, Part IV: Resurgence of Information Warfare

    18 September 2017. 

    Russia’s intense interest in probing Western civilian-communications infrastructure in recent years suggests that it is preparing to deny adversaries access to the information space in times of crisis.

  • Strategic Survey

    Chapter 11: North America

    06 September 2017. 

    The transactional mindset that served President Donald Trump so well in his business career appears ill-suited to international relations; this is particularly the case at a time when the US faces a revanchist Russia and a rising China increasingly jealous of American influence in the Asia-Pacific.


  • Strategic Survey

    Chapter 1: Prospectives

    06 September 2017. 

    The goal of shaping the international strategic environment seems out of reach even for the larger powers, unless resources are made available to meet the complex and hybrid threats that have emerged.  

  • Politics and Strategy

    North Korea: An oil embargo probably wouldn’t work

    06 September 2017.  In the wake of North Korea’s latest provocations, some politicians have called for an oil embargo on the country to bring it to heel.

  • Politics and Strategy

    The Iran nuclear deal is working – access debates are no cause for alarm

    29 August 2017.  The US wants nuclear inspectors to visit Iranian military sites. But ‘policing Iran at gunpoint’ is a dangerous path, writes Mark Fitzpatrick. 

  • Politics and Strategy

    Deterring North Korea the wrong way

    11 August 2017.  Donald Trump’s threats towards North Korea are likely to be counterproductive, warn Mark Fitzpatrick and Michael Elleman.

  • Events

    Prohibiting Nuclear Weapons: What Now for the Ban Treaty?

    04 August 2017. 

    Friday 4 August, 10–11am EDT
    IISS–Americas, Washington DC
    Speakers:
    Edward Ifft, Adjunct Professor, Center For Security Studies, Georgetown University
    Natalie Goldring, Senior Fellow, Center for Security Studies, Georgetown University; UN Consultant for the Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy
    Chair:
    Mark Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, IISS–Americas

  • Strategic Comments

    The Ban Treaty arrives

    26 July 2017. 

    The text of the recently negotiated Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons released on 7 July, approved by a vote of 122-1, is likely to be approved by the UN General Assembly and ratified. While none of the nuclear-weapons states or their allies favours the treaty, it marks the rejection of their customary consensus-based approach. Accordingly, the status quo will continue, but now faces a more invigorated and unified opposition.

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