Among the hopes and expectations that the election of President Biden has triggered, further enlargement of NATO is, for security in Europe, one of the most significant and problematic. In advance of the NATO Summit in June, Nick Williams argues that NATO’s door must remain open but further enlargements should wait until stricter conditions are defined and fulfilled.
As the EU updates its Arctic Policy, the bloc’s preference for a human security approach and a strong focus on a greener future can make it a valuable counterweight to the growing superpower competition in the Arctic.
Former Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy suggests that the Iran nuclear deal can act as a springboard for UN-based discussions on a new Middle East security architecture that is more inclusive and better prepared to address challenges.
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US President Biden and his team have stated their interest in restoring alliances with Europe. Sahil Shah argues that there is no better place to start than announcing bold action on Iran and the JCPOA at this year’s Munich Security Conference, a topic that did more damage to transatlantic trust and security relations under Trump than any other issue.
Several countries, including the US and the Soviet Union, developed and tested radiological weapons before abandoning their programs. Today, there is a real risk that states may again pursue these weapons. Within the context of the P5, could now be the time to revive the initiative to ban radiological weapons?
As the US, China and Russia become ever more embroiled in this burgeoning competition, Europe can – and should – play a leading role in encouraging restraint and advancing needed arms control in the high-tech sphere.
Policy briefs & reports
In this report, Tariq Raef discusses organisational matters relating to the postponement of the review conference to 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic and considers the proposal to convene the conference in 2022 in Vienna, Austria.
The Atlantic Council and European Leadership Network have published a joint report on how Europeans can fill the gap to preserve the JCPOA and promote regional peace and security.
Over the last four years, Europeans have been facing the fundamental challenge of Russia and the US turning away from arms control. Oliver Meier considers how Europeans might turn existing, stopgap responses to this into a long-term strategy to strengthen multilateral arms control instruments.