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Biden’s nuclear posture review: what's in it for NATO?

  • 15 Dec. 2021
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  • Last updated: 15 Dec. 2021 10:27

NDC Policy Brief 21-21

The Biden administration has formally started a review of the US nuclear weapons policy known as Nuclear Posture Review (NPR). The NPR is a public policy document that each US administration has published since 1994 during the first months in office and that is scheduled to be released in 2022. NPRs are important public statements: they set out the administration’s views on the role of nuclear weapons in US grand strategy. NPRs are also crucial signalling documents. They provide insight into an administration’s understanding of the prevailing geopolitical environment – including perceived risks and threats – and convey US intentions to allies and adversaries alike. Given NATO’s significant reliance on US extended deterrence, the elements of continuity and change that the new NPR will propose will inevitably have direct effects on NATO’s defence posture.

* (back) Andrea Chiampan is Marie Skłodowska Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto, and was an Eisenhower Defense Fellow at the NATO Defense College between March and July 2021. This study received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme under MSCA grant agreement No.101018413.

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