NATO Spearhead Needs a Shield on the Eastern Flank


Warsaw, Poland - In a new paper on implementation of the commitments made in the NATO Wales Summit Declaration, Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM) senior research fellow Wojciech Lorenz argues that a "shield" of credible deterrence and permanent training facilities should complement the Alliance's rapid-response cababilities. NATO has enhanced its eastern flank defences with additional troop rotations, but additional strategic moves would strengthen mid- to long-term defences in the region, Lorenz writes. (February 9, 2015)  

Securing the Euro-Atlantic Community


WASHINGTON - In a new op-ed for Project Syndicate released before the 51st Munich Security Conference, Des Browne, Igor Ivanov and Sam Nunn call for "bold action" to resolve the crisis in Ukraine and prevent Europe from being split for another generation. The op-ed builds on the 2013 Building Mutual Security Report, in which the authors warned that a new Euro-Atlantic military and political strategy was needed to prevent conflict and combat mutual distrust. (February 3, 2015) 

Nuclear Weapons and International Security


CANBERRA, Australia - In a new book of collected essays on the challenges posed by nuclear weapons, APLN's Ramesh Thakur addresses the impact of nuclear weapons on broad security strategy; regional nuclear challenges from the South Pacific to East, South and West Asia; regional nuclear-weapon-free zones; NPT anomalies; and the global governance architecture for nuclear materials security in light of the Nuclear Security Summits of 2010, 2012 and 2014. (January 30, 2015)

Should Ukraine Rewrite History and Reacquire Nuclear Weapons? No and no.

WASHINGTON - In an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times, NTI consultant Steve Andreasen argues that Ukraine made the right decision twenty years ago when it signed the Budapest Memorandum and agreed to give up its nuclear arsenal. Despite the current security crisis with Russia, it would be wrong for Ukrainians today to support the reaquisition of weapons. (December 10, 2014)  

Des Browne Conveys Message of Global Leaders at Humanitarian Conference


VIENNA - In a statement to the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons, NTI Vice Chairman and ELN Convener Des Browne shared urgent recommendations put forth by more than 130 former senior political, military and diplomatic leaders in a letter to Austrian Federal Minister Sebastian Kurz. Signatories included two former presidents, six former prime ministers, a former NATO Secretary-General and more. (December 12, 2014)