Last week’s Helsinki Summit has brought renewed focus to Russian actions in cyberspace. In a new report, ELN Research Associate Joss Meakins explores Russia’s conflicted approach to cyber deterrence and proposes new ways to create a more stable Russia-West cyber deterrence relationship.
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On 16-17 July 2018, the European Leadership Network together with the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) co-hosted a seminar in Moscow as part of a joint project to identify specific, realistic and politically feasible steps that Russia, NATO and NATO members can take to move towards a more stable deterrence relationship.
At the ongoing NATO Brussels summit and the Trump-Putin meeting following right after, there will be one issue that can make all the difference between a success and failure: the ability to resolve the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty) crisis.
How to make a success of next week’s Helsinki summit? Des Browne, Wolfgang Ischinger, Igor Ivanov and Sam Nunn put forward five recommendations to reduce nuclear risks.
An approach which aims to inject new thinking into Russia-NATO relations has been proposed by the ELN-supported Task Force on Cooperation in Greater Europe, endorsed by former foreign and defence ministers, military leaders, diplomats and experts from the United Kingdom, Turkey, Russia, France, Ukraine, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands. The proposal outlines "interim rules of the game" to allow for more transparency, predictability and risk reduction as well as for avoiding misunderstanding, miscalculation and unintended escalation.
Dr Heather Williams, Lecturer in the Defence Studies Department at King's College London (KCL) and Amelia Morgan, Research Assistant at KCL's Centre for Science and Security Studies (CSSS) examine how the United States and Russia could become more responsible nuclear actors and strengthen the global nuclear order at a time when it is most fragile.