This book offers a comprehensive examination of the important security issue of tactical nuclear weapons in Europe.
Nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament have returned to the top of the international political agenda. The issue assumes particular importance in regard to NATO, given that some 150–200 US tactical nuclear weapons (TNWs) are still present in five countries belonging to the Alliance (Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Turkey). The past few years have seen animated debate in the United States and Europe on the role of such weapons in the current scenario of international security, and whether they can be further reduced or completely removed from Europe.
Bringing together leading scholars and analysts of TNW with country-specific competences, this volume improves our understanding of this debate by providing in-depth analysis of the presence, role, perceived value and destiny of TNWs in Europe. The book addresses the issue in a systematic manner, taking into account the perspectives of all main actors directly or indirectly involved in the debate. This approach provides new and important insights that can inform both theoretical and policy work on a very critical and timely international issue, especially during the ongoing review of NATO's deterrence and defence posture.
This book will be of much interest to students of European politics, European security, nuclear proliferation, and IR in general.
Introduction Part I: European Hosting Countries 1. Belgium, Tom Sauer 2. Germany, Harald Müller and Giorgio Francheschini 3. Italy, Paolo Foradori 4. The Netherlands, Karel Koster 5. Turkey, Mustafa Kibaroglu Part II: A Wider Perspective 6. NATO, Simon Lunn 7. US, Miles Pomper 8. New NATO Member States, Lukasz Kulesa 10. Russia, Nikolai Sokov Conclusion
The aim of this series is to bring together the key experts on European security from the academic and policy worlds, and assess the state of play of the EU as an international security actor. The series explores the EU, and its member states, security policy and practices in a changing global and regional context. While the focus is on the politico-military dimension, security is put in the context of the holistic approach advocated by the EU.