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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.

  • Events

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

    23 October 2017. 

    Monday 23 October, 2–3pm EDT
    IISS–Americas
    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.

  • Strategic Comments

    The Ban Treaty arrives

    26 July 2017. 

    The text of the recently negotiated Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons released on 7 July, approved by a vote of 122-1, is likely to be approved by the UN General Assembly and ratified. While none of the nuclear-weapons states or their allies favours the treaty, it marks the rejection of their customary consensus-based approach. Accordingly, the status quo will continue, but now faces a more invigorated and unified opposition.

  • IISS Voices

    On Iran, US and Europe may go their separate ways

    18 July 2017.  Washington is becoming increasingly confrontational when it comes to Iran and the future of the nuclear deal, while European policymakers have been at pains to emphasise its importance. As Paulina Izewicz explains, Europe appears increasingly ready to chart its own course.

  • Shangri-La Voices

    It’s time for ASEAN states to be more proactive on North Korea

    01 June 2017.  The policy options available for dealing with North Korea may be unchanged, but they must be universally implemented to have a chance of working. Matthew Cottee argues that ASEAN states need to do more, particularly on implementing UN sanctions against the regime.

  • 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.

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?