• 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...

  • Events

    Overcoming Pakistan’s Nuclear Dangers

    03 April 2014. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Mark Fitzpatrick
    Director, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme
    Arundel House, London
    Thursday 3 April 2014, 12:30-1:30pm

  • IISS Voices

    Jenny Nielsen: The UK's Trident debate continues

    02 April 2014.    By Jenny Nielsen, Research Analyst, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme The debate on the future of the UK’s submarine-based Trident nuclear-missile system continues, with a broad spectrum of views on the role, postures and relevance of this system in the twenty-first century. The Trident system and the notion of the UK’s deterrent are arguably overdue for some semantic ‘conscious uncoupling’.  Last week, the House of Commons Defence Committee published its eleventh report entitled Deterrence...

  • Adelphi Books

    Overcoming Pakistan's Nuclear Dangers

    26 March 2014. 

    Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal – the fastest growing in the world – raises
    concerns on many grounds.

  • Events

    IISS-US Book Launch: Overcoming Pakistan's Nuclear Dangers

    26 March 2014. 

    IISS-US Book Launch
    Mark Fitzpatrick
    Director, Nonproliferation and Disarmament Programme, IISS
    IISS-US, Washington DC
    Wednesday 26 March 2014

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter Five: The potential for onward proliferation and for nuclear accidents

    21 March 2014. 

    A comprehensive analysis of the potential dangers associated with Pakistan’s nuclear programme would not be complete without examining two other risk factors. This chapter addresses two important questions: can A.Q. Khan’s transfers of nuclear-weapons technology a decade ago truly be consigned to the pages of history? And are Pakistan’s nuclear facilities safe?

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter Four: The potential for nuclear terrorism

    21 March 2014. 

    There is no doubting the potential for nuclear terrorism in Pakistan. Given the large number of radicalised groups, their ruthlessness and brazenness in attacking military targets and the growing size of the nuclear-weapons establishment, the potential intersection of these trends is clear.

  • Adelphi Books

    Conclusion

    21 March 2014. 

    What began as a civilian nuclear programme in Pakistan in the mid-1950s took on a military dimension even before suspicions were confirmed that India was on a nuclear-weapons path.

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