NATO-Russia Nuclear Relations: A Post-Warsaw Review

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Following the NATO Warsaw Summit, UK PONI has brought together a panel of US and UK experts to review the outcomes and the way forward for the Alliance’s complicated nuclear relationship with Moscow.

The Warsaw Summit offered NATO members the opportunity to check in with the policies of the Alliance in an era of increased Russian assertiveness and half-veiled nuclear threats. The Summit considered a range of measures that could be adopted to enhance the Alliance’s ability to defend its members and deter adversaries. One key question in advance of the summit was how NATO could strengthen deterrence whilst also leaving the door open to future arms control that could eventually help reduce tensions with Russia. Would NATO need to revisit the formulation of its nuclear policy that was included in the 2012 Deterrence and Defence Posture Review?

The event will be chaired by Dr. Dana Allin, Senior Fellow for US Foreign Policy and Transatlantic Affairs at IISS and Editor of Survival

Speakers include:

Dr Justin Anderson is a Research Fellow at National Defense University's Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction. His research focuses on deterrence (nuclear and non-nuclear), nuclear forces, and future nuclear arms control agreements and confidence-building measures (CBMs). Prior to joining the Center, he was a Senior Policy Analyst at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), providing research and analysis on arms control, nonproliferation, counter-WMD, and deterrence issues to the Air Force, USSSTRATCOM, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, and OSD Office of Treaty Compliance. 

Dr Heather Williams is a Lecturer in the Defence Studies Department at King’s College London, where her research focuses on strategic stability, arms control, and trust-building in international relations. Previously she was a MacArthur Postdoctoral Fellow in the Centre for Science and Security Studies in the Department of War Studies at King's College London. Until January 2015, Heather was a Research Fellow on Nuclear Weapons Policy at Chatham House and led projects on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and the Humanitarian Impacts of Nuclear Weapons Initiative. She has worked for the Institute for Defense Analyses in Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Department of Defense Chemical and Biological Defense Program.

Shatabhisha Shetty is the Acting Director and co-founder of the European Leadership Network (ELN). Shata also runs the British cross-party parliamentary group, the Top Level Group for UK Parliamentarians for Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation, comprised of nearly all former Foreign and Defence Secretaries, Chiefs of the Defence Staff and key British diplomats from the last twenty years. Prior to this role, she worked in the in the Nuclear Analysis Program at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI); was a Communications Officer for two Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) and worked for Lord Browne of Ladyton, former British Secretary of State for Defence, during his time as a Member of Parliament. 

The discussion will be followed by drinks in RUSI’s Library.

This event is part of the US-UK PONI 2016 Bilateral Conference and open to UK PONI members only.

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