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Contemporary Nuclear Doctrines

October 21, 2010


Alexei Arbatov, Vladimir Dvorkin, Sergey Oznobishchev


This publication prepared as part of the project under the general topic "Russia and Deep Nuclear Disarmament" addresses a wide range of issues related to modern nuclear doctrines. Given the development of the global political environment, the positive changes that are taking place in the relations between nuclear powers and the strengthening of international security, it would seem logical that the military doctrines should have changed accordingly. However, this is not the case, or at any rate the progress in this field has lacked the scope required by the current political relationship and the objectives of cooperation to counter the new threats of the 21st century.

Cultivating Confidence: Verification, Monitoring, and Enforcement for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons

October 1, 2010


Corey Hinderstein


The book offers the reader guidelines for policymaking that will ultimately reduce nuclear dangers throughout the world. Although important work has been done over the years to define major mileposts on the path to disarmament, there are still a number of key areas—including verification—that contain gaps in the conceptual framework and technical details. This study, which focuses on the key issues associated with verifying, monitoring, and enforcing, offers some possible solutions to these challenges.

NATO and Nuclear Weapons: Is A New Consensus Possible?

September 1, 2010


Steven Andreasen, Malcolm Chalmers, Isabelle Williams


The revision of NATO's Strategic Concept has provided a context within which member states have begun a discussion to address whether, and how, NATO nuclear policy should be revised. Specifically, this discussion has included whether NATO's declaratory policy can be modified to reduce the role of its nuclear weapons, and whether further changes should be made in the deployment of the remaining US non-strategic nuclear weapons (NSNW) – or 'tactical' nuclear weapons – currently forward-based in Europe. This paper is intended to assist these discussions by identifying key propositions around which a consensus could develop and exploring the various policy options that are available to NATO.

Non-Nuclear Factors of Nuclear Disarmament
(Ballistic Missile Defense, High-Precision Conventional Weapons, Space Arms)

June 22, 2010


Alexei Arbatov, Vladimir Dvorkin, Sergey Oznobishchev


To achieve deep reduction of nuclear weapons, a whole range of complicated issues needs to be resolved. From the viewpoint of priority, ballistic missile defense is at the top of the list of these issues, with its relevance significantly increased after the US withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty (ABM Treaty) and the appearance of the plans to deploy the elements of the US global ballistic missile defense system in Europe. For quite a time there have been various discussions and proposals on the practical forms of cooperation between the US, Russia and NATO in the sphere of BMD. Alongside with a number of joint official declarations, such cooperation manifested itself in a series of joint computer-assisted command exercises on non-strategic BMD, both in the bilateral (USRussia) and multilateral (NATO-Russia) format. In other words, the parties have quite clearly expressed their intention to cooperate.

Reducing the Role of NATO's Nuclear Weapons

June 1, 2010

Royal United Services Institute

Simon Lunn


In reassessing their role, NATO will have to reconcile the traditional tasks of deterrence and defence with the challenges posed by proliferation and the consequent commitment to reducing and eliminating the role of nuclear weapons. Balancing the frequently competing demands of deterrence and disarmament was a familiar problem for NATO during the Cold War. However, today's NATO is a larger alliance with a broader and more diverse set of concerns and perspectives to accommodate.