There is not great cause for disarmament optimism, in part because nuclear arsenals do not connect in a systemic way, which might allow them to be drawn down in a coordinated effort. The challenge is not to re-assert an old norm of disarmament, but to prevent the erosion of the old norms of deterrence, non-proliferation, and of non-use.
Although world and market attention no longer seems concerned with the price of Italian debt, the outcome of the upcoming Italian elections on February 24-25 will likely refocus minds.
While the United States, United Kingdom, and France often meet bilaterally with one another, they rarely meet in a trilateral forum, officially or unofficially, to discuss nuclear issues. In an effort to increase trilateral nuclear interaction, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) established a group of high-level "Track 2" participants in 2009 to discuss nu
British Prime Minister David Cameron wants to launch a debate over Europe’s future that would echo many of the arguments that preceded last year’s U.S. presidential election and still dominate large swathes of the American political landscape. The pity is that it probably won’t happen.
This report constitutes the third iteration of a comprehensive assessment of European defense trends undertaken by the CSIS Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group.
In a surprise move, technocrat Mario Monti, the Italian prime minister, submitted his resignation over the weekend following the decision by the center-right People of Liberty (PDL) party to withdraw from the government coalition.
Peace is not a word that would necessarily be associated with the European political landscape these days.
Budget negotiations are the political nemesis of Western democracies. As President Barack Obama and Congress engage in preliminary skirmishes over the fiscal cliff, the Europe Union too has drawn fierce battle lines over this week’s European Council meeting, which will discuss the next seven-year budget (2014–2020), the multiannual financial framework (MFF).