The Baltic Approach: A next step? Prospects for an Arms Control Regime for Sub-strategic Nuclear Weapons in Europe

Authors:

  • Fredrik Lindvall
  • John Rydqvist
  • Fredrik Westerlund
  • Mike Winnerstig

Publish date: 2011-03-30

Report number: FOI-R--3175--SE

Pages: 75

Written in: English

Keywords:

  • Sub-strategic nuclear weapons
  • tactical nuclear weapons
  • arms control regime
  • disarmament
  • regime type
  • Russia
  • USA
  • NATO
  • China
  • the Baltic region

Abstract

This study addresses, from a security policy perspective, the issue of sub-strategic nuclear weapons (SSNW) in northern Europe and the conditions for constructing an arms control regime for SSNWs. Such a regime could eventually lead to the removal of this category of weapons from northern Europe. In addition to a conceptual discussion of the weapons category and the different types of arms control regime that could be applied to it, the study includes analyses of Russian, US, European NATO member states' and Chinese perspectives on SSNW issues. Finally the study outlines a possible regime for arms control and disarmament for SSNWs that focuses on the Baltic Sea area.

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