Mark Fitzpatrick

Mark Fitzpatrick is Director of the Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London. The programme focuses on proliferation challenges and on nuclear security and nuclear disarmament issues.


Fitzpatrick is the author of Overcoming Pakistan’s Nuclear Dangers (2014) and The Iranian Nuclear Crisis: Avoiding Worst-Case Outcomes (2008). He is also the editor of six Strategic Dossiers published by the IISS on countries and regions of proliferation concern, most recently on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (July 2011) and the Islamic Republic of Iran (February 2011). He has lectured throughout the world and is a frequent media commentator on proliferation topics. He is a founding member of the European Union Non-Proliferation Consortium. He is also a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Nuclear Security and the Policy Advisory Group of the United Nations Association of the United Kingdom.


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). His diplomatic postings also included Vienna, where he was in charge of liaison with the International Atomic Energy Agency, as well as postings in Seoul, Tokyo (twice) and Wellington. He earned a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and he attended a one-year postgraduate study programme (1990–1991) at the Japanese National Institute of Defence, where his dissertation on Korean unification was published in journals in Japan and the Republic of Korea.