• Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: I expect no Iran nuclear deal. I hope I’m wrong

    20 November 2014.  I do not expect that the talks in Vienna on the Iranian nuclear issue will produce a comprehensive agreement, at least not by the 24 November deadline. But I hope I am wrong about this. A deal that verifiably blocks all of Iran’s potential paths to a nuclear weapon – which is the only deal that the Western nations will accept ­– and that allows Iran to resume unfettered international...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: Testing nuclear-test-ban treaty preparations

    17 November 2014.  Standing on a rocky hill on the banks of the Dead Sea, I heard a small thud, meant to simulate the tiny aftershocks of a nuclear test explosion. I was there on 15 November to observe one day of the largest-ever field exercise carried out by the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO). When the CTBT will come into effect is anybody’s guess. In the 18 years since...

  • IISS Voices

    Matthew Cottee: Next generation arms control challenges

    10 September 2014.   By Matthew Cottee, Research Analyst, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme In a packed day and a half, the EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference addressed the entire range of current proliferation challenges in Brussels last week. A ‘Next Generation’ event that took place on the periphery of the main conference did that agenda one better, also exploring future challenges far beyond the realm of nuclear dangers. The workshop, which brought together young scholars and...

  • EU Non Proliferation and Disarmament Conference

    Deterrence, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament

    05 September 2014. 

    EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference 2014 Special Session 10
    Chair: Corentin Brustlein, Research Fellow, Institut Français des Relations Internationales
    Paolo Foradori, Professor, School of International Studies, University of Trento, Italy
    Alexey Arbatov, Member, World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO), Russian Academy of Sciences;
    Scholar in Residence, Non-Proliferation Program, Moscow
    William Alberque, Head, Arms Control and Coordination Section, NATO Headquarters

  • Politics and Strategy

    Dana Allin: In the Matter of James E. Doyle

    02 September 2014.  James E. Doyle filed an appeal last month with the US secretary of energy, seeking redress for being punished by his recent employer, the Los Alamos National Laboratory, over an article that Doyle published in the February–March 2013 issue of Survival. My colleague Mark Fitzpatrick has already commented on the case for this blog; among other words of praise, he called Doyle’s essay the ‘best Survival article with which I...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: Survival article on eliminating nuclear weapons eliminates author’s job

    01 August 2014.  The best Survival article with which I have been associated is James E. Doyle’s powerful piece, ‘Why Eliminate Nuclear Weapons?’, in the February–March 2013 edition. It also turned out to be the most troublesome – for the author. I did not agree with everything Jim wrote; I believe that nuclear deterrence has played a key role in keeping the peace between major powers. But he offers strong arguments for why...

  • Survival

    NATO, Russia and Missile Defence

    25 July 2014. 

    Talks on NATO–Russia missile-defence cooperation were suspended in April during the crisis over Crimea. In retrospect, the window for a real breakthrough had closed some 18 months earlier.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: Continue the Iran talks, but lock in a deal on Arak

    16 July 2014.  In a friendly Twitter debate this week, I was asked why I advocated rejecting an imperfect Iranian offer for a nuclear deal when the alternative – a return to escalation and probable conflict – is so dire. My answer was that there is a third option: to continue negotiations beyond the 20 July deadline. Indeed, that is the path that both Iran and the US now seem set on taking...

  • Events

    Imperatives of Stability in South Asia

    03 July 2014. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Brigadier Zahir Kazmi
    Visiting Fellow for South Asia (Strategic Affairs), IISS
    Arundel House, London
    Thursday 3 July 2014

  • IISS Voices

    Mark Fitzpatrick: Terrorism isn’t Pakistan’s gravest nuclear danger

    08 May 2014.  By Mark Fitzpatrick, Director, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme In addressing the recent nuclear security summit in The Hague, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif refuted the caricature often painted of his country as the poster child of nuclear terrorism. He insisted that ‘Pakistan has maintained a safe and secure nuclear programme for several decades’. It is true that Pakistan has experienced no nuclear thefts or seizures and no major nuclear accidents. It...

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