NTI is on the ground for the 2018 Munich Security Conference (MSC) where Co-Chairs Ernest Moniz and Sam Nunn are releasing Building a Safe, Secure, and Credible NATO Nuclear Posture, a new report urging U.S. and NATO leaders to re-evaluate forward-deployed nuclear weapons in Europe. NTI also is announcing an initiative, the Euro-Atlantic Security Leadership Group (EASLG). Members include former and current high-level officials and experts from Euro-Atlantic states and the European Union working to reduce threats and develop steps to improve security across the region. On Saturday, Moniz and NTI Vice President for Global Biological Policy and Programs Elizabeth Cameron will host a side event to the MSC focused on biosecurity. For details on these activities and more, continue reading.
New NTI Report Urges U.S. and NATO Leaders to Re-evaluate Forward-Deployed Nuclear Weapons in Europe
A new report released by NTI at the Munich Security Conference urges U.S. and NATO leaders to re-evaluate whether storing nuclear weapons at multiple sites across multiple European countries makes sense in light of today’s threats and escalating costs—and, importantly, whether the weapons are still required elements of NATO defense policy. “It is past time to revisit whether… forward-based weapons are essential for military deterrence and political reassurance,” NTI Co-Chairs Ernest Moniz and Sam Nunn write in the foreword to Building a Safe, Secure, and Credible NATO Nuclear Posture. As Julian Borger of The Guardian writes: “The U.S. is to spend billions of dollars upgrading 150 nuclear bombs positioned in Europe, although the weapons may be useless as a deterrent and a potentially catastrophic security liability, according to a new report by arms experts.” Download the full report here.
Euro-Atlantic Security Leadership
Group Offers Recommendations to Reduce Global Nuclear Risks
The Euro-Atlantic Security Leadership Group (EASLG) is an independent and informal initiative, with participants from the United States, Canada, Russia, and 15 European countries who reflect the diversity of the Euro-Atlantic region. Led by Des Browne, Wolfgang Ischinger, Igor Ivanov, and Sam Nunn, and meeting Saturday at the Munich Security Conference, the EASLG has been working for three years to test ideas and develop proposals for improving nuclear and military security between the U.S. and Europe.
In advance of the MSC, Browne, Ischinger, Ivanov and Nunn published a new op-ed calling on governments to work together to mitigate these risks. The EASLG also has issued two new statements: one encouraging dialogue among governments to reduce nuclear risks and another encouraging dialogue to address cyber threats to nuclear facilities, and command and control systems. Learn more about the EASLG here.
NTI Hosts MSC Side
Event on Bioterrorism, Health Security, and Technology Advances
On Saturday, NTI will host a side event in Munich, “Promise & Peril: Bioterrorism, Health Security, and Technology Advances.” The event will feature a panel moderated by NTI Co-Chair and CEO Ernest Moniz, and keynote speakers include Ellen Sirleaf Johnson, former President of Liberia, and Ank Bijleveld, Minister of Defence for the Netherlands. Click here for more details.
Other Munich Security Conference News
- Julian Borger profiles Ernest Moniz in a new article for The Guardian, in which Moniz discusses today's nuclear, radiological, and cyber risks.
- Ernest Moniz is participating in an energy
roundtable at the Munich Security Conference today. Discussion will focus on
energy transmission and distribution security issues.
- What does the JCPOA require from Iran? And what
could Iran do without it? This
graphic for the MSC report by NTI and the James Martin Center for
Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) breaks it down. Download
the full report here.
- Another NTI/CNS graphic for the MSC report provides
an assessment of the state of the North Korean nuclear program. View
News from our Global Leadership Networks
In advance of the Munich Security Conference, the European Leadership Network released a new report, Envisioning a Russia-NATO Conflict: Implications for Deterrence Stability. Download it here.