Addressing the Iranian missile threat: approaches to risk reduction and arms control

March 22, 2022

Weapon Program: 

  • Missile


John Krzyzaniak, Hanna Notte, Timothy Wright


International Institute for Strategic Studies

One of the chief complaints about the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, has been that it does nothing to slow or stop the country’s rapidly advancing missile programme. For that reason, some have called for a follow-on agreement with Iran to address the missile issue head-on. But, even if Iran were interested, such an undertaking would be fraught with risks and, even if successful, unlikely to resolve all of the concerns surrounding Iran’s missile programme.  

Other potential diplomatic pathways do exist, however, and a new report from the IISS Strategy, Technology and Arms Control Programme examines these pathways and the opportunities and challenges they present. Importantly, all of them would entail substantial trade-offs and none represents a perfect solution. 

The report, titled Addressing the Iranian missile threat: a regional approach to risk reduction and arms control, draws on workshops convened by the IISS with experts and thought leaders as well as an expert survey.  It also builds on previous IISS work detailing Iranian missile and UAV capabilities.


Read the full report at the International Institute for Strategic Studies.