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Chicago and Beyond: NTI Backgrounder on the 2012 NATO Summit

May 15, 2012

NATO anti-aircraft missile "Nike", tipped with explosives or a small nuclear weapon to wipe out an entire bomber formation NATO anti-aircraft missile "Nike", tipped with explosives or a small nuclear weapon to wipe out an entire bomber formation
Max Moreau, www.flickr.com

Leaders of the 28 NATO member states will gather in Chicago later this week for the 2012 NATO Summit where they will address Afghanistan, “Smart Defense,” and missile defense.  Less visible will be NATO’s unveiling of the results of its Deterrence and Defense Posture Review (DDPR) – including NATO nuclear policy – tasked at the 2010 Lisbon summit.  

Although it appears unlikely that NATO members will announce bold changes or agree on a clear strategy going forward, maintaining the nuclear status quo may soon be untenable, given changing budget and security priorities.

So in Chicago, NATO leaders at the very least should ensure the final document lays the foundation for future changes to the status quo on a host of related issues, from tactical nuclear weapons to nuclear use or “declaratory” policy. 

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NTI describes what to expect at NATO's upcoming Chicago Summit and why NATO countries should ensure Chicago lays the groundwork for future changes to NATO nuclear policy.

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the Nuclear Threat

Reducing the risk of nuclear use by terrorists and nation-states requires a broad set of complementary strategies targeted at reducing state reliance on nuclear weapons, stemming the demand for nuclear weapons and denying organizations or states access to the essential nuclear materials, technologies and know-how.

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