NATO's Deterrence and Defense Posture
Review and the Future of Nuclear Weapons
In France, deterrence and nuclear weapons are not a hot topic; and yet, this is a major strategic challenge. The 2010 NATO Strategic Concept addressed the nuclear issue but the Lisbon Summit did not clarify the role of nuclear weapons in the NATO defence posture. It set off a deterrence and defence posture review to specify their role as well as their linkage with missile defence and conventional weapons. The text of the review will be endorsed in Chicago in May 2012, but this will not resolve all disagreements.
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