• Events

    Asia's Latent Nuclear Powers

    19 April 2016. 

    IISS–Americas New York Discussion
    Mark Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, IISS–Americas
    Kevin Rudd, Former Prime Minister of Australia and President of the Asia Society Policy Institute
    The Princeton Club of New York
    Tuesday 19 April 2016, 6–7.30pm EDT

  • Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: Getting serious about North Korea

    15 April 2016.  In a talk at the Harvard Belfer Center on 6 April, I argued that it is time to get serious about North Korea, by giving concerted, high-level attention to both sanctions and diplomacy. Pyongyang’s failed test launch of the medium-range mobile ballistic missile dubbed the Musudan underscores the danger and the need. Over the past three years, world leaders focused intently on the Iranian nuclear challenge, and through a careful combination...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: Removing Japan's dangerous fissile material

    24 March 2016.  Japan’s shipment this week of 331kg of weapons-grade plutonium to the United States represents a signal achievement in global efforts to strengthen non-proliferation and nuclear security. It shows Japan’s good will and reflects close US–Japan relations.  The plutonium in question was sent to Japan years ago by the US, UK and France, and has been used exclusively for peaceful scientific purposes. Because it was potentially vulnerable to theft or misuse and...

  • Events

    Asia's Latent Nuclear Powers: Japan, South Korea and Taiwan

    17 March 2016. 

    Book Launch
    Mark Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, IISS–Americas
    Robert Gallucci, Former State Department Special Envoy for North Korea Nuclear Negotiations 
    IISS–Americas, Washington DC
    Thursday 17 March, 10–11am EST

  • IISS Voices

    John Drennan: Will a Putin–Abe summit happen in 2016?

    10 March 2016.  Attempts to normalise Russia–Japan relations have come in fits and starts over the past 20 years, but both Putin and Abe have signalled their intent to achieve real progress in 2016, explains John Drennan.

  • Expert Commentary

    The Diplomat: Asia's Nuclear Arena - Hedging and Deterring

    09 March 2016.  Conversation with Mark Fitzpatrick, Executive Director IISS–US Identify key forces and players impacting Northeast Asia’s nuclear arena. Northeast Asia has seen the emergence of three nuclear-armed states. The USSR first tested an A-bomb in 1949, China in 1964 and North Korea in 2006. Each case was a surprise, and each posed a serious threat to Japan, in particular. Under political science theory, Tokyo thus had a repeated motivation to seek a nuclear...

  • Events

    Adelphi Launch - Asia’s Latent Nuclear Powers: Japan, South Korea and Taiwan

    18 February 2016. 

    Press Launch
    Mark Fitzpatrick, Executive Director of IISS-Americas and Director of the IISS Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Policy Programme
    Bloomsbury House, London
    Thursday 18 February 2016, 11am–12pm

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 6: Asia

    09 February 2016.  South China Sea; Northeast Asia; Southeast Asia; Defence Economics; Macroeconomics; Regional defence spending; Regional defence procurement; Maritime-procurement trends; Aerospace; Expeditionary capabilities
    Australia: Defence economics; Defence spending; Defence procurement; Defence industry; Future budgetary and procurement uncertainties
    China: Security developments; Military services; Second Artillery Force; PLA ground forces; People’s Liberation Army Air Force; People’s Liberation Army Navy; Defence economics; Major acquisitions; Challenges remain; Future technology developments
    India: Reforming India’s defence industries; India’s defence spending; Encouraging domestic private-sector involvement
    Japan: Defence-policy developments

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter 2: Japan

    02 February 2016. 

    Unless Japan had serious doubts about the credibility of its alliance with the United States, it is unlikely a nuclear pursuit would be sparked if its security environment were to deteriorate.

  • Adelphi Books


    02 February 2016. 

    The essays of this volume demonstrate that the three Northeast Asian democracies are likely to remain latent nuclear powers for the foreseeable future. Yet, the reasons for their latency vary, owing partially to their individual nuclear histories.

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