2019 - DRAFT - A NEW ERA FOR NUCLEAR DETERRENCE? MODERNATION, ARMS CONTROL, AND ALLIED NUCLEAR FORCES - Revised Draft General Report

Joseph A. DAY (Canada)

13 September 2019

The Committee’s 2019 Draft General Report reviews the rapidly changing nuclear weapons environment and its impact on non-proliferation efforts. The draft report summarises key challenges facing NATO’s nuclear powers, and, therefore, the Alliance’s broader nuclear posture. It also reviews the Alliance’s continued commitment to broader arms control efforts but highlights the realities of declining appetites outside of the Alliance for new nuclear arms control measures. The report warns that Russia’s concerted efforts to develop and deploy a suite of new powerful nuclear weapons systems will be very destabilising for international peace and security, especially in the Euro-Atlantic area. The draft report also warns of over-the-horizon nuclear threats from China, as well as North Korea and Iran. 

The draft report informs NATO parliamentarians of the indispensable role NATO’s nuclear deterrent plays in the Alliance’s overall defence posture in today’s rapidly changing international security environment. The report also highlights NATO’s significant efforts to continue to promote arms control, non-proliferation, and disarmament.