Entente Nucleaire: Options for UK-French Nuclear Cooperation
This paper draws lessons from past attempts at nuclear cooperation between London and Paris, evaluates present arrangements, and gauges the prospects for increased cooperation. Today, all the building blocks of a solid nuclear relationship exist and strong incentives (including financial ones) exist to deepen it. The more they cooperate, the more they will be able to reduce their nuclear expenses and even, perhaps their respective nuclear forces or stockpiles. But the more the two countries tie the future of their respective nuclear futures with one another, the more it may be difficult for them to make unilateral decisions on concrete disarmament steps.
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