Possible Measures for Non-Strategic Nuclear Weapons in Europe

At a February 7-8 workshop in Warsaw sponsored by the Polish Institute of International Affairs, the Norwegian Institute for Defense Studies and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Brookings senior fellow Steven Pifer presented a paper examining possible information-sharing and confidence-building measures regarding U.S. and Russian non-strategic nuclear weapons in Europe.

His paper also discussed useful antecedents from earlier arms control agreements. He concluded that data exchanges, including historical data related to the 1991-92 presidential nuclear initiatives, which eliminated thousands of U.S. and Russian nuclear warheads; affirming policies of keeping non-strategic warheads "demated" or separate from delivery systems; and visits to former nuclear weapons storage sites could be useful first steps for the United States, Russia and NATO.

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