It would be reckless to forego the benefits of New START for US and Euro-Atlantic security, when as a practical matter there is nothing more effective that could be negotiated and put in place before it expires.
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There is a growing reliance on high-readiness agile forces by Russian and Western militaries, but more thought needs to be given to their potential risks.
NATO needs to relaunch its sense of purpose and direction. The leaders summit in London next week should be used to initiate work on a new Strategic Concept that would focus on the Alliance’s future.
Andrew Wood considers what lessons, if any, are worth drawing for the situation today from the experience of navigating the Soviet-NATO interchange during the Cold War.
In two weeks time leaders will meet in London for NATO’s 70th anniversary summit. This is an opportunity for NATO to position itself as a regional alliance of democracies in a mostly illiberal environment.
Last month it was reported that President Trump had signed a letter signalling the United States’ intention to withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty. If true, this would weaken US security.
Given the threat of nuclear terrorism facing the global community, there is a dire need to recapture political attention and momentum on nuclear security.
It is easier and more appealing at many levels to stereotype than to assess the many factors at play, but simplification of statements leads to simplification of policy. Members of the Contact Group on Russia-West issue a group statement calling for dialogue, not stereotyping.
The UK-US-Europe ‘bridge’ on which London rested has now, for the most part, gone. Britain must now look to new styles of engagement in order to ensure strategic relevance and effective defence coordination.