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An offer postponed: Berlin’s silence on Macron’s deterrence thinking

President Macron’s speech in February on nuclear deterrence created a new door for a possible nuclear dialogue with European partners. The key to that door most likely lies in Berlin, but no one there seems inclined to pick it up.

25 August 2020 | Julia Berghofer
Euro-Atlantic Security|Arms Control|Europe|France|Germany|NATO|Nuclear Arms Control|Nuclear Security|Nuclear Weapons
Commentary

Rendezvous Proximity Operations: Not operating in isolation

With the increase in space activity, Rendezvous Proximity Operations (RPO) are needed to maintain a sustainable space environment. Anuradha Damale argues that technical and political solutions need to be available to mitigate the misuse of RPO technology, even to contribute to counter-space capabilities.

12 August 2020 | Anuradha Damale
Global Security|Air space|Cyber|Emerging technologies
Commentary

Hiroshima: 75 years on and the start of the atomic age

75 years ago today the US dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima. The era of “atomic peace” that followed has been fraught with increasingly catastrophic risks.

6 August 2020 | Andreas Persbo
Global Security|Arms Control|Deterrence|Missiles|Nuclear Disarmament|Nuclear Weapons
Commentary

Iran, sanctions, and the COVID-19 pandemic

This week, Iran recorded its highest number of deaths from COVID-19 within a 24-hour period, pointing to a resurgence of the virus while its healthcare system tries to cope under US “maximum pressure”

23 July 2020 | Roxane Farmanfarmaian
Global Security|International Law|Iran|Middle East|Sanctions
Commentary

Re-evaluating space norms in a changing orbital environment

The space environment is becoming increasingly populated by non-state actors who are pursuing a range of different goals. Marina Favaro argues that new norms of governance must be implemented by the international community in order to keep space safe, secure and sustainable.

21 July 2020 | Marina Favaro
Global Security|Air space|Cyber|Emerging technologies|International Law
Commentary

Russia’s Basic Principles and the Cyber-Nuclear Nexus

Following the public release of previously classified Russia documents on nuclear deterrence, Dmitry Stefanovich explores the growing concerns over cyber threats and the potential opportunities for the P5.

14 July 2020 | Dmitry Stefanovich
Global Security|Cyber|Emerging technologies|Military Doctrine|Nuclear Weapons|Russia|Russia-West Relations