• Politics and Strategy

    Nuclear cooperation with Gulf Arabs

    15 March 2018.  A US–Saudi nuclear agreement should not depart from strict non-proliferation standards, argues Mark Fitzpatrick.

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • IISS Voices

    Geopolitics of nuclear energy in the Middle East

    19 February 2018.  As more countries in the Middle East develop nuclear energy, there need to be avenues for coordination, especially on safety and security matters. At a IISS workshop in Istanbul, participants discussed the future of nuclear energy in the region.

  • 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.

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter I, Part III: Russia: strategic-force modernisation

    14 February 2018.  Defence industry

    Strategic forces: Land-based systems; Maritime systems; Strategic aviation; Early warning and missile defence
    Non-strategic nuclear weapons

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