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Scottish Governing Party Could Stay in NATO if Nukes Removed
Scotland's governing party could reverse its longstanding resistance to membership in NATO if nuclear weapons are removed from the country's territory, the Scotsman newspaper reported on Tuesday (see GSN, April 17).
Scottish National Party defense spokesman Angus Robertson intends to petition members at the annual SNP conference in October to allow the change in party platform as a means of reassuring the Scottish public over the future defenses of an independent nation following a potential 2014 vote on secession from the United Kingdom.
As the Scottish National Party strongly opposes nuclear weapons and NATO is a nuclear alliance, the proposed change is anticipated to face strong objections from many SNP stalwarts. On Monday, Scottish parliament lawmaker and SNP member Jamie Hepburn said he "may well consider" attempting to thwart the proposed change.
Dec. 18, 2013
This paper provides an overview of the current and planned state of Russia's strategic triad. It also explores motivations for Russia's planned upgrades to its strategic nuclear arsenal, offers a forecast of the likelihood of success, and suggests some implications for the United States.
June 14, 2013
Steve Andreasen and Richard A. Clarke urge President Obama to minimize the role of nuclear weapons in the national security strategy and maintain distinction between cyber and nuclear attacks.
This article provides an overview of the United Kingdom’s historical and current policies relating to nuclear, chemical, biological and missile proliferation.