This Occasional Paper published by the British think-tank RUSI (Royal United Services Institute) draws together analyses of issues that might arise if US nuclear weapons were removed from Europe. The paper examines how NATO’s assurance and deterrence relationships might be altered.
The role of the remaining US non-strategic nuclear weapons stationed in Europe is likely to be considered during the current NATO Defence and Deterrence Posture Review (DDPR). There have been several studies that focused on the possible effects that further withdrawals of these weapons might have on deterrence and arms control, and suggested a range of options for consideration by NATO. This report complements these and the ongoing debate by analysing the issues that could arise if the US nuclear weapons were removed.
The seven authors of these papers, from France, Germany, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Turkey and the UK, were commissioned by RUSI to examine these issues and to pay particular attention to the views of key officials and advisors in their own country or region.