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Mr. Fitzpatrick's primary research focus is on preventing the spread of nuclear weapons. He joined IISS in October 2005 after a 26-year career in the U.S. Department of State, where for the previous ten years of his service he focused on non-proliferation issues. In his last posting, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Non-proliferation (acting). He also served for 4 years at the U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna, including as Charge d'Affairs and as Counsellor for Nuclear Policy, in charge of liaison with IAEA. He is the author of The Iranian Nuclear Crisis: Avoiding Worst-Case Outcomes' (2008) and the editor and principal author of IISS strategic dossiers on Preventing Nuclear Dangers in Southeast Asia and Australasia' (2009), Nuclear Programmes in the Middle East: In the Shadow of Iran' (2008) and Nuclear Black Markets: Pakistan, A.Q. Khan and the Rise of Proliferation Networks' (2007). He is the co-editor of Nuclear Doctrines and Strategies: National Policies and International Security' (2008).