Rear Admiral John Gower examines the deterrent issues arising from a future secession of Scotland and its likely desire for subsequent independent accession to the EU and NATO. A full and frank debate about the impact of Scottish secession on the UK’s nuclear deterrent is necessary to avoid significant negative implications for Euro-Atlantic security.
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At a time when great power rivalry and increased threats face the Euro-Atlantic region, the absence of structured cooperation with the EU in the Integrated Review risks weakening European security and undermining the UK’s long-term strategic interests. The UK Government should establish a clear Europe strategy that has security and foreign policy cooperation at its core.
The UK Government’s change in nuclear policy could raise difficult questions with the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) community
For the first time since the Cold War, the UK’s Integrated Review increases the limit for British nuclear warheads. While Russia’s nuclear doctrine and emerging technologies seem to be the most important driver behind the decision, it will be difficult for the UK Government to justify how this fits with NPT disarmament obligations.
The ELN’s members and policy experts respond to the UK’s Integrated Review into the future of the UK’s foreign, defence and security policy.
ELN Policy Fellow Sahil Shah outlined the three steps Biden administration can take in order for Iran to cease ramping up its nuclear program.