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Be careful what you wish for: Russia wants to share nuclear weapons with Belarus

The deployment of Russian tactical nuclear weapons to Belarus would increase nuclear risks and undermine key nonproliferation norms, but it would not alter the strategic balance in Europe. For Russia, sharing nuclear weapons with Belarus might well backfire politically. NATO countries should therefore resist the impulse to up the nuclear ante.

6 April 2023 | Katia Glod and Oliver Meier
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Network reflections: Xi’s visit to Moscow

After President XI’s visit to Moscow, we asked our network members for their thoughts on what this means for the war in Ukraine and global politics more broadly. Is China ramping up its support for Russia or acting as a calming influence on a potential future junior partner? Read the piece to see our members’ contributions in full.

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US and China should rein in their rivalry

As Xi Jinping has made a much-publicised visit to Moscow this week, ELN members have been assessing the implications for European security, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and the wider faultlines in global geopolitics. In this article, originally published in Danish by the Berlingske newspaper, Mogens Lykketoft provides context on the visit and argues the US and China need to rein in their rivalry in the interests of the rest of the world.

23 March 2023 | Mogens Lykketoft
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Jan Hoekema

Jan Hoekema is the Chairman of Pugwash Netherlands, alongside roles as an advisor, coach, mediator, and board member of several cultural and non-profit organisations. Jan has long been active in politics, non-proliferation, security, and nuclear policy, professionally and through personal...

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Spiros Lambridis

(Ret) Amb. Spiros Lambridis is a career diplomat joining the Greek diplomatic service in 1983 after completing his studies in Economic and Political Science, European Integration, and International Relations.  Among his many postings, Spiros has served in Tel Aviv, Brussels, Geneva, and Skopje,...

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