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  • Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: Agenda setting for a Helsinki Conference on a Middle East WMD-free zone

    14 May 2014.  In a busy month of non-proliferation diplomacy – an NPT-related confab in New York during the last two weeks; talks in Vienna this week on the Iran nuclear issue; consternation in The Hague over Syria’s failure to ship out its chemical weapons; and ongoing consultations elsewhere on how to respond if/when North Korea tests another nuclear device – one other quiet diplomatic discussion is taking place in Geneva today that...

  • IISS Voices

    Mark Fitzpatrick: Terrorism isn’t Pakistan’s gravest nuclear danger

    08 May 2014.  By Mark Fitzpatrick, Director, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme In addressing the recent nuclear security summit in The Hague, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif refuted the caricature often painted of his country as the poster child of nuclear terrorism. He insisted that ‘Pakistan has maintained a safe and secure nuclear programme for several decades’. It is true that Pakistan has experienced no nuclear thefts or seizures and no major nuclear accidents. It...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: Is it time yet for optimism on the Iran nuclear talks?

    24 April 2014.  As the six-month interim Iran nuclear deal hit the halfway mark this week, the tone of most public commentary turned positive about the chances for striking a comprehensive deal. Last week, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirmed that Iran had kept its promises under the 24 November Joint Plan of Action. Indeed, Iran has finished diluting half of its stockpile of 20% enriched uranium hexafluoride to 5%, and conversion...

  • Events

    Conventional Arms Transfer Policy: Advancing American national security through security cooperation

    23 April 2014. 

    IISS-US Policy Makers Series

    Gregory Kausner, 

    Deputy Assistant Secretary for Regional Security and Arms Transfers,

    US Department of State

    IISS-US, Washington DC

    Wednesday 23 April 2014, 10-11am EDT/ 3-4pm BST

  • Strategic Comments

    Elimination of Syria’s chemical weapons stalls

    16 April 2014. 

    Important progress has been made towards the elimination of Syria's chemicals-weapons programme. But the process relies on the goodwill of Damascus, which has fallen behind on its targets for the removal of chemicals.

  • Adelphi Books

    Overcoming Pakistan's Nuclear Dangers

    26 March 2014. 

    Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal – the fastest growing in the world – raises

    concerns on many grounds.

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter Five: The potential for onward proliferation and for nuclear accidents

    21 March 2014. 

    A comprehensive analysis of the potential dangers associated with Pakistan’s nuclear programme would not be complete without examining two other risk factors. This chapter addresses two important questions: can A.Q. Khan’s transfers of nuclear-weapons technology a decade ago truly be consigned to the pages of history? And are Pakistan’s nuclear facilities safe?

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter Four: The potential for nuclear terrorism

    21 March 2014. 

    There is no doubting the potential for nuclear terrorism in Pakistan. Given the large number of radicalised groups, their ruthlessness and brazenness in attacking military targets and the growing size of the nuclear-weapons establishment, the potential intersection of these trends is clear.

  • Adelphi Books


    21 March 2014. 

    What began as a civilian nuclear programme in Pakistan in the mid-1950s took on a military dimension even before suspicions were confirmed that India was on a nuclear-weapons path.

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter Two: The potential for nuclear use

    21 March 2014. 

    If the global taboo on nuclear use that has prevailed since 1945 is ever broken, a common view among foreign-policy commentators is that it will happen in South Asia.

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