BASIC in cooperation with the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) hosted a roundtable in Rome on June 15, 2011 to explore the issue of “NATO’s Nuclear Posture and Burden Sharing Arrangements: an Italian Perspective.”
Debate in Europe about the role and future of tactical nuclear weapons (TNW) has revealed different positions between allies. NATO considered first, its new Strategic Concept, and now embarks on a review of the deterrence and defense posture.
NATO's major review of its Strategic Concept will cover all aspects of its strategic policy, including its nuclear posture, including the issue of US warheads in European non-nuclear states, which threatens the cohesion of the NPT.
David Miliband, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, gave a speech yesterday at IISS, London, for the presentation of a governmental survey on the conditions for abolishing nuclear weapons. Overall, it was not a groundbreaking speech. However, it is worthwhile noting that the Secretary of State stressed two main points:
In an op-ed published on 24 July 2008 on Il Corriere della Sera, Gianfranco Fini, Massimo D'Alema, Giorgio La Malfa, Arturo Parisi and Francesco Calogero called for Italy and Europe to make their contribution to the propagation of new 'shared vision' and pave the way toward the complete elimination of nuclear weapons.