Warning Bells Around Tactical Nuclear Weapons in Europe

In this opinion article in the aftermath of the attempted military coup in Turkey, Simon Lunn, Isabelle Williams and Steve Andreasen raise concerns about the security of tactical nuclear weapons in Europe.

"Locating nuclear weapons at locations throughout Europe to reassure some allies comes with the increasing risk of vulnerability to an evolving and more deadly terrorist threat," they write. "It should be even clearer now that tactical nuclear weapons stored in Europe are potential targets for terrorist attacks.  Added to this, recent events in Turkey demonstrate how rapidly unforeseen political events can turn rock-solid security assumptions into sand."

July 21, 2016
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In an opinion article in the aftermath of the attempted military coup in Turkey, Simon Lunn, Isabelle Williams and Steve Andreasen raise concerns about the security of tactical nuclear weapons in Europe.

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Isabelle Williams
Isabelle Williams

Senior Advisor, Global Nuclear Policy Program