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New Research Division Publication: "Rethinking Deterrence and Assurance - Western Deterrence Strategies: at an Inflection Point?"

  • 27 Sep. 2017
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  • Last updated: 02 Oct. 2018 09:43

Conference Report 04/2017

Dear Reader,

Our latest report summarizes a Wilton Park conference of experts on “Rethinking Deterrence and Assurance - Western Deterrence Strategies: at an Inflection Point?” held from 14 to 17 June 2017.

The meeting, held in cooperation with the NATO Defense College, the British Atomic Weapons Establishment, and Lawrence Livermore and Sandia National Laboratories, convened to assess whether changes to the global security environment are of a sufficiently fundamental kind to alter core premises of Western deterrence strategies. It also hoped to identify the implications that follow for the cooperative efforts of the transatlantic community to strengthen and adapt deterrence to changing requirements.

While analyzing deterrence and defence implications for NATO and US Allies in Northeast Asia, the paper also examines the diplomatic dimension of each region’s threats, underlining the importance to maintain a vibrant conversation and a balanced debate in the future.

Jeffrey A. Larsen, PhD, Division Head Research

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