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UNODA Occasional Papers No. 24: Contrasting Perspectives on Tactical Nuclear Weapons in Europe

Understanding the Current Debates

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This series of ad hoc publications deals with topical issues in the field of arms limitation, disarmament and international security and are intended primarily for those concerned with these matters in Government, civil society and in the academic community. This issue focuses on tactical nuclear weapon (TNW) reduction, both in the US and Europe. Despite the many debates, little has been done in recent years to reduce or eliminate the forward-deployed NATO nuclear weapons. This paper presents an overview of relevant discussion points ranging from a brief historic outline, theoretical and practical arguments for TNW disarmament, the logic of nuclear disarmament, and the provision of a clear description of the different positions of relevant NATO member States on the TNW issue.

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Abstract

In June of 2013, in Berlin, United States President Barack Obama reiterated his 2009 commitment, made in Prague, to a nuclear-weapon-free world. Particularly interesting was his call to “work together with North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies to seek ‘bold reductions’ in US and Russian tactical nuclear weapons (TNWs) in Europe”.

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