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Mark Fitzpatrick 

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International Institute for Strategic Studies
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Mark Fitzpatrick is an Associate Fellow at the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). From 2015-2018, he was Executive Director of the Washington-based IISS-Americas office. From 2005 to 2018, he headed the IISS Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Policy Programme.  During his 13 years in that position, he produced ten books on nuclear dangers and related issues, including Asia’s Latent Nuclear Powers: Japan, South Korea and Taiwan (February 2016) and a Strategic Dossier on North Korea’s Security Challenges (July 2011). He has lectured throughout the world and is a frequent media commentator on proliferation topics. He was a founding member of the EU Non-Proliferation Consortium.

Fitzpatrick joined IISS in October 2005 after a 26-year career in the US Department of State, including as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Non-Proliferation (acting) and, earlier in his career, as North Korea desk officer. His diplomatic postings also included Vienna, in charge of liaison with the International Atomic Energy Agency, as well as postings in Seoul, Tokyo and Wellington. He earned a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. A dissertation he wrote on Korean unification while attending the Japanese National Institute of Defence was published in journals in Japan and South Korea.

The fundamental question about the purpose of diplomacy regarding North Korea has come into stark focus. For a time Park Geun-hye seemed to be redoubling her efforts to find a…

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Region: Asia

North Korea is the world’s most troublesome country, brutal at home and a bully abroad. In 2013 it became even more dangerous, both to its neighbors and to its own…

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Region: Asia

August 18, 2014