RSS
Non-Proliferation and Disarmament

Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Policy

Non-proliferation and nuclear policy have always been core to IISS research. Chemical and biological weapons, ballistic missiles and radiological terrorism are also covered by this respected programme.

Expert: Mark Fitzpatrick

Director, Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Policy Programme



Non-proliferation and nuclear policy

Improving the security of all nuclear materials

About four-fifths of the weapons-usable nuclear materials in the world are in non-civilian programmes, but global efforts to enhance the security of nuclear materials have been almost exclusively concentrated on the civilian sector. Following troubling security breaches, this report aims to advance international oversight of the security of non-civilian nuclear materials.

  • Expert Commentary

    The ban treaty and the future of US extended nuclear deterrence arrangements

    11 December 2017.  Forcing countries under the United States’ nuclear umbrella to pick a side on disarmament might actually consolidate, rather than undermine, their support for nuclear deterrence.

  • IISS Voices

    Trust in the IAEA’s verification of Iran’s nuclear activities

    05 December 2017.  Opponents of the Iran nuclear deal should learn to trust the world’s most robust verification system.

  • Expert Commentary

    The New Hwasong-15 ICBM

    01 December 2017.  New missile signals a significant improvement in North Korea’s ability to target the US.

  • Expert Commentary

    North Korea’s third ICBM launch

    30 November 2017.  Two more engines in North Korea’s latest missile test was not enough to give Kim Jong-un a viable intercontinental ballistic missile capable of hitting the US mainland. Michael Ellemen explains.

  • Events

    Global Launch: Renewing America's Nuclear Arsenal: Options for the 21st Century

    23 October 2017. 

    Monday 23 October, 2–3pm EDT
    IISS–Americas, Washington DC
    Speaker:
    Dr James E. Doyle, author, Renewing America's Nuclear Arsenal: Options for the 21st Century
    Chair:
    Mark Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, IISS–Americas

  • IISS Voices

    Iran deal decertification looms: what's next?

    12 October 2017.  EU efforts and calm heads in Congress may yet prevent a crisis.

  • Events

    The escalating crisis on the Korean Peninsula: prospects of peaceful resolution

    21 September 2017. 

    Thursday 21 September, 8.30–9.30am BST
    Arundel House, London
    Speaker:
    Dr Matthew Cottee, Research Associate, Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Policy, IISS
    Chair:
    Dr Bastian Giegerich, Director of Defence and Military Analysis, IISS

  • Events

    New York Discussion: Tensions with Iran

    14 September 2017. 

    Thursday 14 September, 6–7.30pm EDT
    The Princeton Club of New York, New York
    Speakers:
    Suzanne DiMaggio, Director, The U.S.-Iran Initiative, New America
    Jay Solomon, author, The Iran Wars: Spy Games, Bank Battles, and the Secret Deals That Reshaped the Middle East (2016)
    Chair:
    Mark Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, IISS–Americas

  • Strategic Comments

    The North Korea crisis

    07 September 2017. 

    North Korea is clearly making rapid progress towards possessing an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of hitting the United States mainland with a nuclear warhead. An incoherent US approach involving reckless military threats and economic pressure is not working. The Trump administration should consider diplomatic engagement with Pyongyang before its nuclear ICBM capability becomes a fait accompli.

  • Expert Commentary

    Video casts doubt on North Korea’s ability to field an ICBM re-entry vehicle

    31 July 2017.  Video footage of the 28 July Hwasong-14 test suggests that North Korea’s engineers have yet to master re-entry technologies and more work remains before Kim Jong-un has an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of striking the United States mainland.

Latest Posts

Survival Seminar

Nuclear Weapons and the Scottish Independence Debate

A nuclear-weapon system designed to guarantee the UK’s survival could hasten its political demise, argues William Walker in the August-September 2015 issue of Survival.

Adelphi book

Asia's Latent Nuclear Powers

Under what conditions would the democracies in Northeast Asia seek to join the nuclear weapons club?