• IISS Voices

    The nuclear ban treaty and its possible ramifications

    01 November 2016.  Frustration at the slow pace of nuclear-disarmament efforts has fuelled a drive to establish a nuclear ban treaty. While the initiative could put pressure on nuclear-weapons states to move towards disarmament at a quicker pace, Paulina Izewicz argues that any attempt to decouple their perceived need to retain nuclear weapons from the broader strategic context may prove to be an exercise in futility.

  • IISS Voices

    Looking forward to the 2016 EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference

    28 October 2016.  2016 has been an important year in the non-proliferation and disarmament field. January saw the high of implementation day for the Iran deal, September the low of North Korea’s fifth nuclear test, and on 27 October UN member states voted to begin negotiations on a treaty to ban nuclear weapons entirely. These events and issues will be debated at this upcoming EU conference, introduced here by Matthew Cottee.

  • Strategic Dossiers

    Missile-defence cooperation in the Gulf

    25 October 2016. 

    This Dossier looks at Iran's missile capabilities, the efforts to counter the threat they pose by Gulf Arab states and the broader evolution of security structures in the region. It is a valuable resource for all those seeking to understand the 'security complex' that encompasses all states in the Gulf.

  • Strategic Comments

    North Korea’s fifth nuclear test

    05 October 2016. 

    North Korea conducted its fifth and most powerful nuclear test on 9 September, and is moving towards mounting a nuclear bomb on ballistic missiles of increasing range. The Obama administration's policy of strategic patience may now be insufficient. Pyongyang is unlikely to restrain its nuclear bomb and ballistic missile development in the absence of greater US and Chinese assertiveness and more creative strategies.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick and Marc Barnett: Putin’s petulance shouldn’t stop US disposal of excess plutonium

    05 October 2016.  Russia’s announcement on 3 October that it was suspending the 2000 agreement with the US to each dispose of 34 tonnes of excess military-use plutonium is an unfortunate departure from what had been the heyday of cooperation between the two superpowers in reducing nuclear dangers. The 68 tonnes of plutonium in question could produce on the order of 17,000 nuclear weapons. Removing it from military arsenals and making it unusable...

  • Strategic Dossiers

    Chapter 3: Neutralising the Missile Threat

    29 September 2016. 

    Terminal defences provide the most effective and reliable means for blunting the Iranian missile threat. To take full advantage of existing technology, individual defence systems should be integrated.

  • Strategic Dossiers

    Conclusion: The Way Forward for Missile Defence

    29 September 2016. 

    The political sensitivities of defence design and command and control may appear to be insurmountable. Yet, for GCC states, negotiations on these issues may provide a means to start the integration of their ballistic-missile defences.

  • Strategic Dossiers

    Chapter 4: Notional Missile-Defence Architectures

    29 September 2016. 

    Layering defences using a combination of upper-tier and lower-tier systems greatly enhances performance. A layered defence depends on the comprehensive integration of sensors across systems, as well as the creation of a centralised battle-management hub.

  • Strategic Dossiers

    Chapter 2: Security Cooperation on the Arabian Peninsula: Challenges and Prospects

    29 September 2016. 

    Dependence on outside powers for ensuring regional security and stability has left Gulf leaders with little desire to overcome their mistrust of one another – and to accept the compromises to absolute sovereignty that come with security and defence integration.

  • Strategic Dossiers

    Introduction

    29 September 2016. 

    The history of the GCC is one of occasional cooperation, as its members have put aside mutual suspicion only when they have perceived external threats to outweigh concerns over sovereignty and autonomy.

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