23 January 2009
Politics Around US Tactical Nuclear Weapons in European Host States
This paper discusses the rationale behind the practice of nuclear sharing within NATO. The author explains that the presence of US nuclear weapons in Europe is a legacy from an outdated security agenda and no longer serves a credible purpose within NATO's nuclear posture. Despite this, neither US nor European decision-makers are likely to push for their removal. The paper examines each of the countries that host US nuclear weapons - Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Turkey, the UK and Belgium - and discusses their political climate with regard to NATO nuclear sharing.
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Claudine Lamond, Paul Ingram