• Survival

    Russia’s Nuclear Policy: Worrying for the Wrong Reasons

    20 March 2018.  The Russian nuclear problem is real and serious – but it is political more than it is military.

  • Survival

    Strategic Stability, Uncertainty and the Future of Arms Control

    20 March 2018.  The United States’ new Nuclear Posture Review reflects changes in how the US thinks about its broader strategic environment.

  • Survival

    A Nervous Nuclear Posture Review

    20 March 2018.  The Nuclear Posture Review, along with the debate over preventive war with North Korea, suggests that the US is oddly unsure it can deter weaker adversaries.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Politics and Strategy

    Does Russia really include limited nuclear strikes in its large-scale military exercises?

    15 February 2018.  Bruno Tertrais questions whether Russia is preparing to use theatre nuclear weapons and highlights the wider significance of its military exercises.

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