• Survival

    The Nuclear Ban Treaty: A Sign of Global Impatience

    20 March 2018.  Future historians may record summer 2017 as the beginning of the end of the nuclear age. 

  • Expert Commentary

    No, Iran does not have an ICBM programme

    05 March 2018.  None of the missiles Iran has under development come close to being able to hit the United States or much of Europe, Michael Ellemen and Mark Fitzpatrick observe. Differentiating among Iranian missile systems is not a perfect solution, but a realistic way forward.

  • 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.

  • Politics and Strategy

    A nervous Nuclear Posture Review

    05 February 2018.  The Trump administration’s diagnosis of nuclear-weapons challenges is understandable, but its prescriptions are misguided.

  • Survival

    Book Reviews

    30 January 2018.  Russia and Eurasia Angela Stent
    Asia-Pacific Lanxin Xiang
    Deterrence and Arms Control Jeffrey Lewis

  • IISS Voices

    Gulf security after 2020

    19 December 2017.  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.

  • 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.

  • Survival

    European Security after the INF Treaty

    20 November 2017.  Losing the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty could lead to destabilising changes in American, Russian and European forces and doctrines.

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