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Policy brief

The challenge of Russian dual-capable missiles

In a new policy brief, ELN Senior Associate Fellows Simon Lunn and Nicholas Williams discuss how Russia’s superior quantities of dual-capable medium and short-range missiles affect the credibility of NATO’s nuclear posture. It also highlights how NATO’s expansion, the need to engage with more Alliance members, and any potential American withdrawal from Euro-Atlantic security architecture could affect NATO’s capacity for defence, as well as the role of deterrence and assurances in this nexus. 

17 July 2024 | Simon Lunn and Nicholas Williams
Policy brief

Cloudbusting: Ways to address the growing salience of nuclear weapons in the NPT

The ambition of efforts to reduce the salience of nuclear weapons will depend on the overall trajectory of international politics. But the growing role and significance of nuclear weapons is both the result and a driver of rivalry between the nuclear-weapon states. Ahead of the 2024 NPT Preparatory Committee, this policy brief outlines what measures NPT states parties could take to reduce the salience of nuclear weapons depending on the international security environment.

16 July 2024
Commentary

The Women Leaders podcast: Elections, wars, and summits

As leaders gather in D.C. for NATO’s special 75th anniversary summit, a new Labour government comes into office in the United Kingdom, and France comes to terms with the surprising results of Macron’s snap election, ELN Senior Associate Fellow Ilana Bet-El breaks down these recent geopolitical developments with Jane Kinninmont, ELN Policy and Impact Director, and Florence Ferrando, YGLN member, producer of this podcast series, and Senior Consultant in Cyber and Strategic Intelligence at Forward Global.

Policy brief

NATO’s revival of collective defence and the challenge of national commitments

As leaders gather in Washington for a three day summit to mark NATO’s 75th anniversary, ELN Senior Associate Fellows Nicholas Williams and Simon Lunn analyse the re-emergence of collective defence as a priority within the alliance, and what it means for national governments. The paper argues that NATO’s regional plans should be the subject of parliamentary scrutiny by individual national parliaments to ensure that national commitments to NATO are consistent with the resources and political aims of their respective countries.

9 July 2024 | Nicholas Williams and Simon Lunn
Commentary

Unleashing the power of Pillar III of the Non-Proliferation Treaty for sustainable development in Africa

The peaceful uses of nuclear energy pillar offers a unique opportunity to accelerate Africa’s journey towards sustainable development while reinforcing its commitment to the NPT. Daniel Ajudeonu writes that it should be embraced by both nuclear-weapons states and non-nuclear-weapon states.

8 July 2024 | Daniel Ajudeonu
Commentary

Preparing for the 2026 Review Conference: Pragmatic steps toward an improved NPT Review Cycle

The failure of the previous two Review Cycles to agree on a final document demonstrates that the NPT Review Cycle is in danger of becoming dysfunctional. From a proposed Chairperson’s document to the need for informal venues to discuss salient issues, Michael Biontino offers practical steps for a successful 2026 Review Conference, beyond a final document.

5 July 2024 | Michael Biontino
Commentary

Gender as a flashpoint: Risks and resolutions for the NPT review process

Disagreements over gender issues in the NPT review process have become increasingly contentious, and there is a real possibility that they could derail the next Review Conference. To avoid an impasse in the consensus-based NPT review process, Sanaa Alvira and Shizuka Kuramitsu urge States parties to proactively engage through coalition-building and inclusive consultations led by NPT Chairs to address these challenges.

2 July 2024 | Sanaa Alvira and Shizuka Kuramitsu
Policy brief

The Non-Proliferation Treaty as a framework for dialogue

Ahead of the 2024 NPT Preparatory Committee (PrepCom), Michael Biontino writes that there is an urgent need for dialogue on nuclear doctrines, declaratory policies, and security assurances between nuclear weapon states and non-nuclear weapon states.

2 July 2024 | Michael Biontino