In the wake of the publication of US Nuclear Posture Review, Tiphaine de Champchesnel compares contemporary French and US approaches to nuclear deterrence, highlighting their broad convergence but noting also some differences.
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Growing tensions between Turkey and its allies, particularly the United States, is a growing source of concern. Is Turkey, once considered a staunch supporter of the Trans-Atlantic security community, drifting apart? ELN member and former Turkish Ambassador to the United Kingdom Ünal Çeviköz shares his views.
Thomas Frear highlights the poorly understood escalatory potential of modern cyber operations; arguing that the continued integration of the cyber domain with the conventional and nuclear domains has substantially increased the possibility of miscalculation and unintended escalation.
Moscow complains that the West fails to understand its security interests, but Russia’s political leaders are equally guilty of refusing to understand Western motivations and priorities.
Will President Trump torpedo the JCPOA or can European negotiators find a way through? Sir Simon Gass sets out a possible diplomatic sweet spot for the current US-Europe negotiations that might meet US concerns, yet keep Iran and the other parties to the deal on board.
According to PIR Center's Andrey Baklitskiy, the authors of the NPR misinterpreted the Russian strategy and missed the real challenges threatening bilateral relations, thereby also reinforcing the uncertainty over US understanding of the “rules of the nuclear game”.
As the recent Nuclear Posture Review indicates that the United States does not know what kind of global nuclear order it sees as feasible and desirable, Europeans need to lay out their own vision of a nuclear order.
Alexandra Bell, Senior Policy Director at the Center for Arms Control & Non-Proliferation, looks at how a hypothetical Hillary Clinton Administration would have oriented its Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) - and how it would differ from the Trump NPR.
At the 2018 Munich Security Conference, the ELN and the Federation of German Industries (BDI) hosted a roundtable discussion on the state of Franco-German defence collaboration and industrial cooperation and its impact on the rest of Europe.