Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

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NATO's Nuclear Posture Review: Nuclear Sharing Instead of Nuclear Stationing

Karl-Heinz Kamp

May 2011

NATO Defense College


On January 25, 2011 the first meeting of NATO's "Deterrence and Defense Posture Review" (DDPR) took place. This acronym describes a new Committee consisting of the Deputy Permanent Representatives of all NATO member countries, chaired by the NATO Deputy Secretary General Claudio Bisogniero. Its task is no less than to find a new Alliance consensus on the role of nuclear weapons in NATO's overall deterrence and defense posture. DDPR is set to address the crux of the nuclear question - in other words, "how to deter whom with what?"