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Lukasz Kulesa

Research Director

Łukasz Kulesa is Research Director at the European Leadership Network.

His interests include non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, Russian security policy, NATO, nuclear and conventional deterrence, the role of missile defence, and the future of arms control.

Previously, he worked as the Head of the Non-proliferation and Arms Control Project at the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM), and between 2010–2012 as Deputy Director of the Strategic Analyses Department at the National Security Bureau, a body providing aid and support to the President of the Republic of Poland in executing security and defence tasks.

At the ELN, he has been interviewed for BBC World News, CNN, Bloomberg, Deutsche Welle, and been quoted in newspapers in Europe and North America.

Łukasz authored or contributed to the following ELN publications: Towards a New Equilibrium: Minimising the risks of NATO and Russia’s new military posturePreparing for the Worst: Are Russian and NATO Military Exercises Making War in Europe more Likely?, Managing Differences and Redefining Common Interests with Russia, Dangerous Brinkmanship: Close Military Encounters Between Russia and the West in 2014, and NATO at a Crossroads Again: Recommendations for the Newport Summit.

His other publications include: Careful What You Wish For: Nuclear Reductions and Conventional Deterrence in Europe after CrimeaProspects for Reaching a Comprehensive Deal on the Iranian Nuclear Programme, and Poland and Ballistic Missile Defense: The Limits of Atlanticism.

Łukasz is a graduate of the Law Department of the Jagiellonian University (Cracow). He holds a Master of Arts degree in International Relations and European Studies from the Central European University (Budapest).

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Russia and NATO: How to overcome deterrence instability?

The current Russia-NATO deterrence relationship is unstable, and dangerously so. The authors argue that the interplay between the deterrence postures operated by both Russia and NATO has not been sufficiently appreciated during their development – deterrence cannot be effective if your target does not understand your actions.

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