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Words That Matter? NATO Declaratory Policy and the DDPR

Professor Malcolm Chalmers

Director, Research and U.K. Defense Policy, Royal United Services Institute for Defense and Security Studies

With NATO members in the midst of a Deterrence and Defense Posture Review—a critical strategic assessment that will help define NATO's future security strategy—a new NTI report proposes a blueprint within NATO and with Russia for moving to a new nuclear posture in Europe.

The report includes chapters authored by leading international military, academic and policy experts who have advised senior government officials in the United States, Russia and Europe. The authors present recommendations relating to key NATO nuclear policy issues, including: declaratory policy; the security of tactical nuclear weapons; nuclear sharing arrangements; reassurance; conventional arms and missile defense; cooperation with Russia; and Asia's nuclear future.


This is an article in a new NTI report is designed to help develop an approach to reduce nuclear risks in Europe and contribute to NATO's Deterrence and Defense Posture Review.

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