Nuclear Weapons and Arms Control in Europe
When considering the growing discussion in Europe over NATO’s nuclear posture, attitudes toward Russia, and increasing fiscal pressures on the defense budgets of all allies, three observations emerge. First, current trends raise the prospect that few, if any, US non-strategic or tactical nuclear weapons will remain forward-deployed on European soil in a decade’s time. Second, the nuclear issue will require careful management within NATO, where individual member states have very different views on NATO nuclear policy and posture. Third, bringing those nuclear weapons into a future round of US-Russian nuclear arms reduction negotiations might offer a way to square the different views within NATO.
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