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Libyan diplomacy: facilitating local choice

Foreign Minister John Baird’s welcome entry into Libyan diplomacy is marred by Canada’s assumption, shared by most, but not all, NATO states, that military engagement in Libya somehow includes the prerogative to select winners and losers.

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Libya, the regime change dilemma, and the Parliamentary Debate

There was all-party agreement in March on the House of Commons motion[i] in support of Canadian participation, for three months, in the UN-mandated protection mission in Libya, and while there are not sufficient grounds for withdrawing that support now, there … Continue reading

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More on NATO’s Strategic Concept: Forward steps amid lost opportunities

The new Strategic Concept of NATO is certainly no nuclear abolitionist document, nevertheless it does, as Canadian NGOs urged a year ago, situate NATO nuclear policy unambiguously under the disarmament imperative of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). In January 2010 … Continue reading

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Changes to the nuclear elements of NATO’s Strategic Concept

The new Strategic Concept certainly doesn’t cure NATO’s addiction to nuclear weapons, but there are some encouraging moves towards a 12-step program. Evaluated from a global zero perspective, the Strategic Concept (SC) approved at the 2010 NATO Summit (in Lisbon)[i] … Continue reading

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NATO takes the opportunity to miss another opportunity

NATO Foreign Ministers met in Estonia last week, and the opportunity they missed was the one to rethink the presence of US nuclear weapons in Europe. It was an opportunity occasioned by a somewhat guarded joint letter from the Foreign … Continue reading

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Extended deterrence will remain, but US nukes could leave Europe

The signs are growing that over the next year there could be an agreement to remove all remaining US nuclear weapons from Europe. Both the forthcoming US Nuclear Posture Review and the current NATO Strategic Concept Review could set the … Continue reading

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Nukes out of Germany: Countering the backlash

Two former German security officials have responded, not entirely helpfully, to former NATO Secretary-General George Robertson’s sharp rebuke of the German Government’s call for the removal of US nuclear weapons from its territory.[i] Accusing Robertson of relying on “outdated perceptions” … Continue reading

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Nukes out of Europe: Now the Backlash

When the German Government became explicit in calling for the removal of nuclear weapons from German territory[i] some energetic backlash was to be expected. Now it’s started. Most thought strong reaction to removing the remaining US tactical nuclear weapons from … Continue reading

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Reshaping NATO’s Nuclear Declarations

Earlier this week, January 25-26, a group of Canadian NGOs[i] sponsored a conference attended by officials and experts from the United States, Canada, and NATO headquarters to consider and critique a set of recommendations prepared by the sponsoring groups. The … Continue reading

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Nuclear weapons out of Germany, then Europe?

The new German Foreign Minister has pledged to pursue the removal of the last of US nuclear weapons on German soil. It’s a move that will either signal the beginning of the end of nuclear weapons in Europe or the … Continue reading

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