CREATORAndreasen, Steven P. / Chalmers, Malcolm / Williams, Isabelle
TITLENATO and Nuclear Weapons: Is a New Consensus Possible?
DATE ACCESSED16 September 2017

This report was drafted by the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) to inform the deliberations of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) as it evaluates its nuclear weapons policy for the current (2010) post-Cold War era. It presents potential consensus agreements and particular policy options to address the following issues: the implications for NATO in retaining nuclear weapons; the relationship of current nuclear policies and posture to emerging threats to the Alliance; and the effect of missile defense and conventional force structure of member nations on the future of NATO’s nuclear weapons. More specifically, it questions the future of U.S. non-strategic nuclear weapons (NSNW) deployed in Europe and NATO’s nuclear policy related to Russia’s deployment of NSNW. It also highlights the need for broader consultations with Russia. The authors present a brief history of nuclear weapons in NATO security policy and summarize the evolving nuclear debate both inside and outside of NATO. RUSI is an independent British organization engaged in defense and security research.

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