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NTI Makes News at the Munich Security Conference

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

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
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
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
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?
    for the MSC report by NTI and the James Martin Center for
    Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) breaks it down.
    the full report here
  • Another NTI/CNS graphic for the MSC report provides
    an assessment of the state of the North Korean nuclear program.
    it here

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
it here.

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