Sico van der Meer

Sico van der Meer is a Research Fellow at the Netherlands Institute of International Relations ‘Clingendael’. His research focuses on the (non-)proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction in general, and especially the nuclear programmes of North Korea and Iran. He is also a PhD Candidate at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, inquiring into motivations of states to acquire or forgo nuclear weapons.
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Iran Will Think Twice Before Closing The Strait of Hormuz

The regime in Iran started 2012 by frightening the world, this time not with its mysterious nuclear programme but by threatening to close the Strait of Hormuz because of indicated Western sanctions to block Iranian oil exports. The small strait is the only sea entrance to the Persian Gulf; a majority of the oil produced in the Middle East passes the strait by ship. Although the international... Continue Reading

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Why Nobody Wishes for Regime Change in North-Korea

North Korea is home to one of the most hated regimes in the world. ‘Supreme Leader’ Kim Jong Il and the ruling elite surrounding him have hardly any allies and many enemies. Yet, although the regime is widely feared and hated, there are few who hope for a sudden regime change in North Korea. All major states involved in the Korean peninsula have reasons to prefer that the regime stay... Continue Reading

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