• Events

    Negotiating non-proliferation with North Korea and Iran

    14 June 2018. 

    Thursday 14 June, 10–11am EDT
    IISS–Americas, Washington DC
    Newell Highsmith, Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University Law Center
    Barbara Slavin, Director, Future Iran Initiative, Atlantic Council
    Mark Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, IISS–Americas

  • Politics and Strategy

    On-again, off-again Korean summit

    16 May 2018.  The planned involvement of B-52 bombers and F-22 stealth fighters in US-South Korea military exercises may explain Pyongyang's sudden anger.

  • Politics and Strategy

    On the mountaintop with North Korea

    27 April 2018.  The effusive goals set by the historic North–South Korea summit on 27 April set the stage for the forthcoming US–North Korea summit. Pyongyang’s historic refusal of tight verification measures is but one reason to doubt its fidelity to denuclearisation. Yet there is reason for hope that the upcoming meeting will make further progress towards that end.

  • Events

    Summitry with North Korea: prospects and pitfalls

    19 April 2018. 

    Arundel House, London
    Thursday 19 April, 9.30-10.30am
    Mark Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, IISS-Americas


  • Survival


    20 March 2018.  In the April–May issue, Ricardo Soares de Oliveira and Harry Verhoeven explore how military intervention has become a component of African state sovereignty; Bruno Tertrais contends that Russia’s nuclear policy is more of a political threat than a military one; Heather Williams analyses the US Nuclear Posture Review; Matthew Harries argues that the United States seems uncertain it can deter weaker adversaries; Paul Meyer and Tom Sauer assess the significance...

  • Expert Commentary

    Revising Japan's Article 9: Yes, but not now

    16 March 2018.  The price for 'normalising' Japan's military posture is too steep, especially for something that is largely of symbolic value.

  • IISS Voices

    An improbable Trump–Kim summit

    09 March 2018.  Could the fraught Korean situation be moving in the direction of peace and even a potential solution to the North Korean threat? Mark Fitzpatrick reflects on a remarkable week for Korean diplomacy and the prospect of a Trump–Kim summit.

  • Strategic Comments

    The Trump administration’s Nuclear Posture Review

    21 February 2018. 

    The Trump administration's Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) apprehends a hostile world due to ‘rapid deterioration of the threat environment since the 2010 NPR’. The new NPR downplays arms control and calls for the modernisation of US nuclear-weapons systems and facilities, as well as expanded nuclear options. The latter would most controversially include low-yield nuclear weapons, which could lower the nuclear threshold.

  • Events

    Can 'maximum pressure' halt North Korea's nuclear-armed missile development short of war?

    15 February 2018. 

    Thursday 15 February, 6.30–7.30pm EST
    One Grand Central Place, New York
    Stephanie T. Kleine-Ahlbrandt
    Evans Revere
    Mark Fitzpatrick
    Rick Grove, President, US Friends of the IISS

  • Politics and Strategy

    No preconditions or rewards for the US and North Korea ‘just talking’

    13 February 2018.  The prospect of US engagement with North Korea may not budge Pyongyang but it keeps the US and South Korea in sync, writes Mark Fitzpatrick.

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