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Why is the United Kingdom raising its nuclear stockpile limits?

In The News, 2 April 2021
A definitive judgment is hard to reach. It is plausible that several of these factors were at play simultaneously. Nuclear decision-making is often complicated and rarely a matter of pure strategy. That said, changing the United Kingdom’s nuclear policy for primarily programmatic or political reasons, without urgent strategic justification, would be a serious misstep. So, too, would be a strengthening of the salience of UK nuclear weapons without a thorough examination of how they fit into the country’s security strategy and broader national ambitions.

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Dr Matthew Harries
Senior Fellow, Proliferation and Nuclear Policy Programme

Dr Matthew Harries is a Senior Research Fellow in the Proliferation and Nuclear Policy Programme at RUSI, based in Berlin. His research... read more