Browne, Ischinger, Ivanov and Nunn on Ensuring Euro-Atlantic Security

In a new op-ed published by Project Syndicate and being picked up by news outlets from Brussels to Bangladesh, Des Browne, Wolfgang Ischinger, Igor Ivanov, and Sam Nunn call for Russia and the West to take immediate action to avoid potentially catastrophic conflict.

Acknowledging today’s “dangerously tense” relations, the four offer a set of initial steps to reduce risks. Among them: restarting bilateral military-to-military dialogue between the U.S. and Russia and engaging in discussions to remove a large percentage of strategic nuclear forces from dangerous “prompt-launch” status.

The op-ed was released ahead of last weekend’s Munich Security Conference, and the issues it raised were discussed there at an NTI-hosted lunch with a guest list that included two presidents, six foreign ministers and numerous high-level current and former officials from across the region.

“The chasm between Russia and the West appears to be wider now than at any point since the Cold War," they write. “But, despite stark differences, there are areas of existential common interest. As we did during the darkest days of the Cold War, Americans, Europeans, and Russians must work together to avoid catastrophe, including by preventing terrorist attacks and reducing the risk of a military—or even nuclear—conflict in Europe.”

Read the op-ed.

 

February 21, 2017
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