• IISS Voices

    China’s choice: trade with North Korea or with US

    22 September 2017.  Despite Beijing’s displeasure, the latest round of US sanctions on foreign banks associated with North Korea is preferable to military options that could trigger a full-scale war, says Matthew Cottee.

  • 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.

  • Strategic Survey

    Chapter 8: Russia and Eurasia

    06 September 2017. 

    As neither the US nor Russia has put forward realistic proposals to address the structural problems in their relationship – despite the need for such measures in arms control and the security architecture of the post-Soviet region – the new Cold War dynamic looks set to remain in place.

  • Strategic Survey

    Chapter 4: Asia-Pacific

    06 September 2017. 

    For many countries in the Asia-Pacific disturbed by the changing balance of power, the uncertainty generated by the advent of the Trump administration is an incentive to pursue intra-regional collaboration.


  • IISS Voices

    Nuclear test reinforces North Korean capabilities

    04 September 2017.  Sanctions and wild threats will not end North Korea’s nuclear programme; Washington should consider how to contain a nuclear-armed Pyongyang. Matthew Cottee predicts a prolonged and uncomfortable standoff.

  • 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.

  • Survival

    Rollback?

    17 July 2017.  President Trump’s totalising claims about the threat from Iran are not just analytically flawed but lead to dangerous policy objectives.

  • 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. 

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