Mark Fitzpatrick

Executive Director, IISS-Americas



  • Non-proliferation and disarmament
  • Iran, Northeast Asia, South Asia  
  • US foreign policy and nuclear issues

Languages: English

Summary: Mark Fitzpatrick is Executive Director of IISS–Americas, responsible for representing the institute in the Western Hemisphere. He also heads the IISS Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Policy Programme.


  • 1979–2005: US Foreign Service Officer, with postings in Seoul, Tokyo, Wellington, Vienna and Washington, including as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Non-proliferation (acting)
  • 2005: Joined IISS as director of non-proliferation programme.
  • 2015: Moved to Washington to head IISS–Americas

Selected Publications:

  • Asia’s Latent Nuclear Powers: Japan, South Korea and Taiwan (IISS Adelphi book 455, 2016)
  • Overcoming Pakistan’s Nuclear Dangers (IISS Adelphi book 443, 2014)
  • The Iranian Nuclear Crisis: Avoiding worst-case outcomes (IISS Adelphi Paper 398, 2008).
  •  Editor of the IISS Strategic Dossiers on North Korean Security Challenges (2011), Iran’s Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Capabilities (2011), Iran’s Ballistic Missile Capabilities (2010), Preventing Nuclear Dangers in Southeast Asia and Australasia, (2009), Nuclear Programmes in the Middle East: in the shadow of Iran (2008), and Nuclear Black Markets: Pakistan, A.Q. Khan and the rises of proliferation networks (2007). 

About the Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Policy Programme:

The Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Policy Programme supports international efforts to strengthen the non-proliferation regime and deal with the most dangerous regional proliferation threats. It also focuses on disarmament issues and efforts to mitigate nuclear dangers. 

About IISS–Americas:

The Washington-based office of the IISS serves as a hub through which policymaking communities, multilateral organisations, nongovernmental organisations and multinational corporations based in the Americas connect with the Institute. 

Joined IISS: October 2005

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