For the past three years, Des Browne, Wolfgang Ischinger, Igor Ivanov, Sam Nunn and their respective organizations—the European Leadership Network (ELN), the Munich Security Conference (MSC), the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC), and the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI)—have been working with former and current officials and experts from a group of Euro-Atlantic states and the European Union to test ideas and develop proposals for improving security in areas of existential common interest. The Euro-Atlantic Security Leadership Group (EASLG) operates as an independent and informal initiative, with participants who reflect the diversity of the Euro-Atlantic region from the United States, Canada, Russia, and fifteen European countries.
EASLG members believe that despite significant differences, the United States, Russia, and Europe can and must work together to reduce catastrophic threats. Together at the 2018 Munich Security Conference, EASLG participants will present and discuss ideas to improve the security of all people living in the region, beginning with reducing nuclear and other military risks.
EASLG Co-Convenors, Browne, Ischinger, Ivanov and Nunn, have published a new op-ed calling on governments to work together to mitigate these risks.
Additionally, the EASLG has published two new statements:
- Support for Dialogue Among Governments to Reduce Nuclear Risks
- Support for Dialogue Among Governments to Address Cyber Threats to Nuclear Facilities, Strategic Warning and Nuclear Command and Control
The first states that leaders of states with nuclear weapons in the region should reinforce the principle that a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought, nations should work to preserve and extend existing agreements and treaties that are crucial to sustaining transparency and predictability, and all nations should support full implementation of and strict compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran.
The second, focused on cyber threats, states that nations in the Euro-Atlantic region should engage in discussions for reaching at least informal understandings on cyber dangers related to nuclear facilities, strategic warning systems and nuclear command and control. As a first priority, nations could work to develop clear “rules of the road” in the nuclear cyber world and explore mechanisms to develop and implement measures that reduce these risks.Learn more about the EASLG here.