On August 30, 2011, Mark Fitzpatrick, director of IISS, deliverd a lecture as part of the ongoing Asan Dosirak Series. His talk served as the launching event for the most recent IISS publication, Strategic Dossier: North Korea Security Challenges.
Mr. Fitzpatrick’s primary research focus is on preventing the spread of nuclear weapons, although he also covers disarmament, nuclear security, and missile proliferation. He is the editor of IISS strategic dossiers, most recently on North Korean Security Challenges (July 2011), and author of numerous journal articles. He joined IISS in 2005 after a 26-year career in the U.S State Department. He earned a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (1976), and he joined officers of the Japanese Self Defence Forces in a one-year post-graduate study program (1990-1991) at the Japanese National Institute of Defence, where his dissertation on Korean unification was published in journals in Japan and South Korea.