Simon Lunn and Nicholas Williams assess the contribution made by NATO in the field of arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation. They find that arms control does not occupy a sufficiently visible or influential place in NATO’s approach to security and offer 13 policy recommendations to redress this.
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Over 75 currently serving parliamentarians from more than 20 European capitals, as well as members of the European Parliament and NATO Parliamentary Assembly, have joined forces to urge their U.S. Congressional counterparts to take action on the extension of the New START Treaty.
Rapid advances in cyberspace and emerging technologies such as AI and hypersonic weapons compound the risks of close calls, mishaps, and misunderstandings in the nuclear domain. To respond effectively to these new threats we need to start thinking more creatively about arms control.
In light of recent reports that the Trump administration is considering the resumption of nuclear testing, the international community should redouble its commitment to the norm against testing. The only way to close the door on nuclear weapon testing for good is to bring the CTBT into force.
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.