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Implications for United Kingdom nuclear deterrence should the Union fail

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.

1 April 2021 | John Gower
Commentary

Mind the gap: The Brussels shaped hole in the Integrated Review

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.

23 March 2021 | Denisa Delic
Commentary

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.

22 March 2021 | Julia Berghofer