• Survival

    The Thick Red Line: Implications of the 2013 Chemical-Weapons Crisis for Deterrence and Transatlantic Relations

    20 November 2017.  Whether or not American policy after the 2013 Syrian chemical-weapons attack was wise, its execution was bungled, causing unnecessary harm to the US–France relationship.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Survival

    Realism, Liberalism and the Iraq War

    17 July 2017.  Of the many conventional wisdoms of American foreign policy, none is more misleading than the notion that the Iraq War was a product of liberalism.

  • IISS Voices

    North Korea deploys VX as weapon of mass destruction and panic

    15 March 2017.  Why would North Korea choose to use VX, a banned nerve agent, to assassinate Kim Jong-nam? Here, Emily Werk puts this provocative operation into context, suggesting that the weapon has two important attributes: its highly lethal nature and a fearsome reputation.

  • EU Non Proliferation and Disarmament Conference

    Keynote Speech: Q&A

    04 November 2016. 

    EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference 2016
    Keynote Speech and Introductory Remarks
    Q&A

  • EU Non Proliferation and Disarmament Conference

    Special Sessions

    03 November 2016. 

    EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference 2016
    Simultaneous Special Sessions

  • EU Non Proliferation and Disarmament Conference

    Introduction and Keynote Address

    03 November 2016. 

    EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference 2016
    Keynote Speech and Introductory Remarks
    Jacek Bylica, Principal Adviser and Special Envoy for Non-proliferation and Disarmament, EEAS
    Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (via video)
    Mark Fitzpatrick, Director, Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Policy Programme, IISS; Executive Director, IISS–Americas; Co-Founder, EU Non-Proliferation Consortium
    Kim Won-soo, Under Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, UN

  • EU Non Proliferation and Disarmament Conference

    Introduction of video welcome: Jacek Bylica

    03 November 2016. 

    EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference 2016
    Introduction and Keynote Address
    Jacek Bylica, Principal Adviser and Special Envoy for Non-proliferation and Disarmament, EEAS

  • EU Non Proliferation and Disarmament Conference

    Keynote Speech: Kim Won-soo

    03 November 2016. 

    EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference 2016
    Keynote Speech and Introductory Remarks
    Kim Won-soo, Under Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, UN

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