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Should Ukraine Rewrite History and Reacquire Nuclear Weapons? No and no.

WASHINGTON - In an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times, NTI consultant Steve Andreasen argues that Ukraine made the right decision twenty years ago when it signed the Budapest Memorandum and agreed to give up its nuclear arsenal. Despite the current security crisis with Russia, it would be wrong for Ukrainians today to support the reaquisition of weapons. (December 10, 2014)  

Des Browne Conveys Message of Global Leaders at Humanitarian Conference

 

VIENNA - In a statement to the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons, NTI Vice Chairman and ELN Convener Des Browne shared urgent recommendations put forth by more than 130 former senior political, military and diplomatic leaders in a letter to Austrian Federal Minister Sebastian Kurz. Signatories included two former presidents, six former prime ministers, a former NATO Secretary-General and more. (December 12, 2014)

Global Leaders Support Humanitarian Impact Conference

 

VIENNA - In a letter to Austrian Federal Minister Sebastian Kurz, more than 120 current and former political, military and diplomatic leaders express support for the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons, call on governments to state that any use of a nuclear weapon would have catastrophic human consequences, and lay out a four-point agenda for action. Signatories include a former president, six former prime ministers, a former NATO Secretary-General and 36 former Foreign or Defense ministers. (December 5, 2014)

Strengthening NATO's Eastern Flank

 

Warsaw, Poland - In a new paper on NATO defense and deterrence policy, Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM) Research Fellow Beata Gorka-Winter calls on all of NATO to summon greater political determination to shore up security for NATO's eastern flank. "The Allied infrastructure in the region is still scarce and its development ... will take time and resources," she writes. "The continued determination of the NATO Eastern Allies will be a crucial factor for keeping their security needs on the Alliance's agenda." (December 2, 2014) 

NATO Reassurances and Baltic Defense Cooperation: Getting the Balance Right

 

Riga, Latvia - In a paper on the need for NATO to enhance defences in Central and Eastern Europe, Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA) Associate Fellow Eoin Michael McNamara argues that the states in the region, particularly Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, need to "foster greater cohesion in defense matters" even as NATO's major powers maintain custodianship over the region's security. (December 2, 2014)  

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