North Korea

  • Shangri-La Voices

    North Korean missiles should not trigger further proliferation

    31 May 2017.  There are no good policy options for dealing with North Korea, but there are plenty of truly bad ones, argues Mark Fitzpatrick. Close coordination among key stakeholders offers the most promising means of halting Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile pursuit, despite the temptation to engage in tit-for-tat responses.

  • Events

    North Korea: boom or bust?

    30 May 2017. 

    IISS Shangri-La Dialogue 2017 Discussion Series
    Victor Cha, Senior Adviser & Korea Chair, CSIS
    Michael Elleman, Senior Fellow for Missile Defence, IISS
    Jihwan Hwang, Professor of International Relations, University of Seoul
    Sue Mi Terry, Managing Director for Korea, BowerGroupAsia
    Chaired by Mark Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, IISS-Americas
    IISS–Americas, Washington DC
    Tuesday 30 May 2017, 10.00-11.30am EDT

  • IISS Voices

    North Korea’s illicit trade: every little bit hurts

    24 May 2017.  A global network of front companies allows North Korea to trade arms and military equipment in defiance of international sanctions. Blocking this lucrative practice would be a victory for the nation's opponents. 

  • IISS Voices

    North Korea moves closer to missile that could strike US

    19 May 2017.  After a successful test earlier this month, the Hwasong-12 has emerged as North Korea’s longest range missile system. Recent progress takes Pyongyang closer to full Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) capability – until that goal is reached, diplomatic overtures from South Korea, China and the US will likely come to nothing.

  • Survival


    16 May 2017.  In the June–July 2017 issue, Hal Brands and Peter Feaver explore whether different US policy choices between 2003 and 2014 could have stopped the rise of ISIS; James Dobbins and Seth G. Jones ask what strategic choices can ensure that ISIS’s imminent loss of its remaining territorial strongholds will mean lasting defeat; Fabrice Pothier highlights the necessity of an area-access strategy for NATO; Tim Huxley and Benjamin Schreer analyse Donald...

  • Military Balance Blog

    North Korea’s cruise missiles – nascent systems; uncertain capability

    12 May 2017.  Pyongyang’s continuing investment in ballistic-missile technology was once again readily apparent during the country’s 15 April military parade. Notable perhaps by its absence, however, was any sign of a ‘modern’ cruise-missile complement to the DPRK’s ballistic weaponry.

  • IISS Voices

    IISS Cyber Report: 4 to 10 May

    11 May 2017.  Our weekly digest of the world's cyber security news.

  • IISS Voices

    IISS Cyber Report: 27 April to 3 May

    03 May 2017.  Our weekly digest of the world's cyber security news.

  • Strategic Comments

    China–North Korea relations and the 19th Party Congress

    28 April 2017. 

    China has come under increasing American pressure to lean on North Korea to curtail its nuclear weapon and ballistic missile programmes. But Chinese President Xi Jinping's priority is to maintain the domestic and international status quo to ensure the Communist Party's smooth transition behind him at the 19th Party Congress next autumn. Until that process has been completed, major change in Beijing's behaviour towards Pyongyang is unlikely.

  • Politics and Strategy

    When it comes to starting a nuclear war, size doesn't matter

    21 April 2017.  If threatened, nations with a smaller arsenal may be the most apt to use nuclear weapons.