U.S.-UK-France Trilateral Dialogues on Nuclear Issues

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"Track 2" participants from the United States, United Kingdom, and France seek to engage, discuss, and build consensus on nuclear issues.

CSIS European Trilateral Track 2 Nuclear Dialogues

December 18, 2015

Today, CSIS released the consensus statement for the 2015 round of the European Trilateral Track 2 Nuclear Dialogues. Read the complete statement, “CSIS European Trilateral Track 2 Nuclear Dialogues: 2015 Consensus Statement,” here.


Background on the Dialogues

Though the United States, United Kingdom, and France often meet bilaterally with one another, they rarely meet in a trilateral forum – either officially or unofficially – to discuss nuclear issues. In 2009, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) established the European Trilateral Track 2 Nuclear Dialogues to promote trilateral understanding and cohesion on nuclear issues, enhance scholarship on the emerging challenges these long-critical allies face, and provide insight to policymakers, experts, and the public about the evolving nature and future of the American, British, and French (P3) security partnership. The potential of such cooperation has, in the past year, taken on additional importance as the global nuclear landscape shapes up to be more complex than it has been in some time and presents novel challenges for NATO in general and the P3 in particular.

In 2015, the CSIS European Trilateral Track 2 Nuclear Dialogues, in partnership with the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) and the Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique (FRS), once again brought together high-level “Track 2” nuclear experts from the three countries for meetings in London, Paris, and Washington, D.C. This year’s dialogue explored pressing nuclear issues within the Euro-Atlantic security environment, and produced a statement reflecting the consensus views of the undersigned. The statement addresses: Iran and the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Russia, NATO nuclear policy, P3 nuclear deterrence “at three,” the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT), and the “Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons” Movement.

The meetings are co-chaired by CSIS Senior Adviser Rebecca Hersman and Non-Resident Senior Adviser Franklin Miller. Shanelle Van, Research Assistant, provides general support to the project.


This publication results from research supported by the Naval Postgraduate School’s Project on Advanced Systems and Concepts for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (PASCC) via Assistance Grant No. N00244-15-1-0007 awarded by the NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center San Diego (NAVSUP FLC San Diego). The views expressed in written materials or publications, and/or made by speakers, moderators, and presenters, do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Naval Postgraduate School nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.