• Expert Commentary

    Pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal is Trump’s most disastrous decision to date

    09 May 2018.  Ending Obama’s signature foreign policy achievement gives the insecure child president psychological satisfaction. The rest of world will pay the price, writes Mark Fitzpatrick in Prospect magazine.

  • Expert Commentary

    The North Korean playbook won’t work with Iran

    08 May 2018.  Hardliners in Tehran and Washington are both drawing the wrong lessons from diplomacy with Pyongyang – and that could lead to war. Mahsa Rouhi looks at the danger of using brinkmanship to strike a better deal.

  • Expert Commentary

    Why Europe could end up being blamed for nuclear deal collapse

    07 May 2018.  Will France, Germany and the United Kingdom be unfairly blamed for the demise of the Iran nuclear deal? Mahsa Rouhi outlines three factors to consider when assessing the situation of the so-called E3.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Iran nuclear deal on the ropes

    01 May 2018.  Anticipating Trump's decision to pull the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal, Mark Fitzpatrick and Dana Allin look at why the Europeans should strive with all their power to preserve the accord.

  • IISS Voices

    Assessing the JCPOA Procurement Channel

    29 March 2018.  Under the nuclear deal with Iran, a new mechanism was set up to regulate any procurements made by Tehran for its now limited nuclear programme. In a new research paper, Paulina Izewicz takes an in-depth look at the Procurement Channel, as it is known, examining its workings and effectiveness so far, and offers recommendations to policymakers to ensure its sustainability.

  • Survival

    The Nuclear Ban Treaty: A Sign of Global Impatience

    20 March 2018.  Future historians may record summer 2017 as the beginning of the end of the nuclear age. 

  • Politics and Strategy

    Nuclear cooperation with Gulf Arabs

    15 March 2018.  A US–Saudi nuclear agreement should not depart from strict non-proliferation standards, argues Mark Fitzpatrick.

  • IISS Voices

    Putin’s new big nuclear buttons

    01 March 2018.  Putin’s chest-thumping state of the nation address marks the resumption of nuclear rhetoric not seen since the height of the US–USSR confrontation. It demonstrates a clear need for arms-control talks between the US and Russia to prevent any new Cold War from getting out of hand, writes Mark Fitzpatrick.

  • IISS Voices

    Are Iran’s ballistic missiles designed to be nuclear capable?

    28 February 2018.  Iran has the largest and most diverse ballistic-missile arsenal in the Middle East – could these systems one day be used to launch nuclear weapons? In a new report, IISS analysts Michael Elleman and Mark Fitzpatrick offer a detailed assessment of the design intentions behind each missile within Iran’s inventory. The result is a clear picture as to which platforms the United States and its allies should seek to remove...

  • Survival

    The Nuclear Ban Treaty: A Legal Analysis

    30 January 2018.  The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons is not a viable legal vehicle for disarmament, does not establish international legal norms and might harm non-proliferation.

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