Nuclear Strategy in NATO's New Strategic Concept: What Implications for the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Regime?   [open pdf - 200KB]

This issue is from the March 2010 issue of WMD Insights, a publication sponsored by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency "intended to provide timely and noteworthy unclassified information on international attitudes towards weapons of mass destruction and efforts to curb their proliferation." From the article: "NATO is beginning a process of consultation that will lead to the adoption of a new Strategic Concept by the end of 2010. This document will serve as a guide for the Alliance as it enters what can be called the 'post-post Cold War' world. In view of the wide range of challenges facing the Alliance, it is unclear how much attention will be paid to the sensitive and controversial question of nuclear weapons and the role they should play in NATO strategy. Yet, serious disagreements emerged regarding the weight to be accorded the nuclear component in defining NATO's strategy of deterrence and defense during the drafting of the 'Declaration on Alliance Security' adopted at the Strasbourg Summit in April 2009. That document asserts that there is still a role for nuclear weapons, but language was added referring to disarmament, arms control, and non-proliferation to satisfy the concerns of several members. While no member questioned the role for nuclear weapons, the episode indicates the balancing act the Alliance will need to achieve to satisfy the different interests and concerns of members regarding nuclear weapons and disarmament." Note: This document has been added to the Homeland Security Digital Library in agreement with the Project on Advanced Systems and Concepts for Countering WMD (PASCC) as part of the PASCC collection. Permission to download and/or retrieve this resource has been obtained through PASCC.

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WMD Insights (March 2010), no.32 p.2-6
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