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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

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

Ziya Meral

Dr Ziya Meral is a researcher, advisor and programmes director specialising on global trends shaping defence and security, politics and foreign policies of Turkey and Middle East and the thematic issues surrounding interaction of religion with global affairs. Since 2013, he has been a Fellow...


Laurie Bristow

Sir Laurie Bristow KCMG is a former British diplomat, serving his last diplomatic positing as Ambassador to Afghanistan from June to November 2021. Prior to this, serving as regional Ambassador for China, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Middle East and North Africa for the UN Climate Change...


Bekki Field

Bekki is the Principal Programme Advisor at The Elders, leading policy development and programme delivery on pandemic prevention, preparedness and response. She was previously Head of Pandemic Preparedness at the UK’s Department for Health and Social Care and Global Policy Lead at Cancer...


Roxane Farmanfarmaian

Dr Roxane Farmanfarmaian is Director of International Studies and Global Politics at the University of Cambridge Institute for Continuing Education and a Senior Research Fellow at King’s College London. As an expert on Middle East policy and media studies, she is both a consultant and...