Mark Fitzpatrick


Mark Fitzpatrick is Executive Director of the Washington-based Americas office of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), as of December 2015. He also continues to head the IISS Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Policy Programme, a position he held at the London headquarters since late 2005. He is the author of Asia’s Latent Nuclear Powers: Japan, South Korea and Taiwan (February 2016), Overcoming Pakistan’s Nuclear Dangers (2014) and The Iranian Nuclear Crisis: Avoiding worst-case outcomes (2008). He is also the editor of six IISS Strategic Dossiers on countries and regions of proliferation concern, most recently on North Korea (July 2011) and 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 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.