Video: PONI Live Debate: The Role of Tactical Nuclear Weapons in Responding to the Crisis in Crimea

  • May 19, 2014
    Duration: 01:16:23
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    Mr. Peter B. Doran, Director of Research, the Center for European Policy Analysis
    Mr. Kingston Reif, Director of Nuclear Non-Proliferation, the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation


    The Project on Nuclear Issues (PONI) is pleased to invite you to a live debate about U.S. and NATO nuclear strategy in Central and Eastern Europe.
    In the NATO-Russia Founding Act of 1997, NATO attested that it had “no intention, no plan and no reason” to locate nuclear weapons on the territory of Central and Eastern European states. But today, as tensions over the Crimea crisis continue to escalate, many have begun to call for a reexamination of this policy. Would the presence of tactical nuclear weapons provide stability and assurance to NATO’s Eastern European members, or would such a move spark more skirmishes with an antagonized Russia? Mr. Peter B. Doran, Director of Research at the Center for European Policy Analysis, and Mr. Kingston Reif, Director of Nuclear Non-Proliferation at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, will debate these questions at the next PONI Live Debate.

    PONI’s ongoing live debate series aims to provide a forum for in-depth exploration of the arguments on both sides of key nuclear policy issues. Live debates provide a place for nuanced, interactive discussions that often get lost in the talking points.