• Expert Commentary

    Die Zeit: Das nukleare Tabu ist so wichtig wie nie

    11 August 2015.  By Theo Sommer Hiroshima und Nagasaki brachten Elend, aber auch Abschreckung. Heute hat Russland 7.500 Atomwaffen, die USA 7.200, Pakistan 120. Die Gefahr darf nicht vergessen werden. Die Welt hat in den vergangenen Tagen des Atombombenabwurfs auf Hiroshima und Nagasaki gedacht. Siebzig Jahre nach der Zerstörung der beiden japanischen Städte sind dabei immer wieder drei Fragen gestellt worden.  Read the full article at Die Zeit

  • Politics and Strategy

    Matthew Harries: Hiroshima as Symbol

    06 August 2015.  It is 70 years to the day since the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, on 6 August 1945. Nagasaki was bombed three days later. The horrible and awesome destructive power of nuclear weapons, combined with the effects of radiation, makes their use, by any compassionate human being, close to unthinkable. But ever since their invention and first use against Japan, observers have also believed that the existence of nuclear weapons changes...

  • Survival

    Remembering Soviet Nuclear Risks

    22 July 2015.  Recent historical focus on NATO’s Able Archer exercise in 1983 risks ignoring what happened in the years afterwards: Soviet accidents amid heightened tensions.

  • Survival

    Deterrence at Three: US, UK and French Nuclear Cooperation

    22 July 2015.  Western nuclear deterrence could benefit from closer cooperation ‘at three’. The US, UK and France should take care, however, to do no harm to their existing bilateral relationships.

  • Survival

    The Strategic Logic of Nuclear Restraint

    22 July 2015.  It is manifestly in the American interest that nuclear weapons are never again used in war – but if they are, should the United States retaliate in kind?

  • IISS Voices

    Ben Barry: 'The most important defence review for a generation'

    20 July 2015.  IISS Panel argues this SDSR most important for a generation; UK must shape national and wider public opinion on security agenda

  • Events

    Nuclear Security in Pakistan

    07 July 2015. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Adil Sultan
    Visiting Research Fellow for South Asia (Strategic Affairs)
    Arundel House, London
    Tuesday 7 July July 2015, 11am-12:30pm

  • IISS Voices

    Paulina Izewicz: Eastern Europe’s post-Crimea disarmament nerves

    11 June 2015.  In light of Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the Kremlin’s recent nuclear rhetoric, Poland and other states in region are increasingly cautious about the further withdrawal of US tactical nuclear weapons from European soil

  • Survival

    Can Deterrence Ever Be Stable?

    11 May 2015.  Stability has been the holy grail of deterrence strategists since the outset of the US–Soviet nuclear-arms competition. This prize has been elusive because nuclear weapons are not stabilising.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Tom Waldwyn: Renewing Trident

    05 May 2015.  Facts concerning the future of the UK’s submarine-based nuclear capability

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