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

Gulf Security after 2020

When UN Security Council Resolution 2231 – associated with the Iran nuclear deal – came into effect in late 2015, it included a clause preventing states from transferring conventional arms to Iran for five years. But what weapons would Iran buy, and how would they shape its military capabilities? A high-level group of experts examines the future of Gulf security after the moratorium on arms purchases expires.

  • Events

    A view from inside the US Nuclear Posture Review

    28 March 2018. 

    Wednesday 28 March, 9.30-10.30AM BST
    Arundel House, London
    Frank Miller, Principal, Scowcroft Group
    Dr Kori Schake, Deputy Director-General, International Institute for Strategic Studies

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • IISS Voices

    Geopolitics of nuclear energy in the Middle East

    19 February 2018.  As more countries in the Middle East develop nuclear energy, there need to be avenues for coordination, especially on safety and security matters. At a IISS workshop in Istanbul, participants discussed the future of nuclear energy in the region.

  • 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

  • Expert Commentary

    North Korea’s Army Day military parade: one new missile system unveiled

    08 February 2018.  Michael Elleman analyses the capability of North Korea's new solid-fuel, short-range ballistic missile, unveiled on the 70th anniversary of the army.

  • IISS Voices

    South Korea staying strong in face of nuclear threat

    05 February 2018.  Sanctions and traditional deterrence measures may not thwart North Korea - but its neighbour is not backing down. 

  • IISS Voices

    Concern over China’s move towards closed nuclear fuel cycle

    19 January 2018.  The recent AREVA agreement between France and China has raised fears over how Beijing will use reprocessed nuclear fuel.

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?